Cosmic Wink

Jess Williamson - Cosmic Wink
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #490 / 790
User Score
Based on 22 ratings
May 11, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mexican Summer / Label
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Heart Song was brooding, a dark roast. And while the core of Cosmic Wink is musically of the same rich brew, this time around, the moody center is bookended by sun-dappled tunes of pure amorous bliss.

The Independent

Cosmic Wink’s echoing sound allows a sort of resonant, gigantic intimacy over rhythms of mostly languid steadiness.


‘Cosmic Wink’ is largely free from inhibition though, documenting the big changes in life over beautiful, sweeping folk.

“Cosmic Wink” is a lovely folk record that sounds pretty at all times, but stands out because Jess Williamson refuses to be constrained by this prettiness. Even though “Cosmic Wink” is not particularly dark lyrically, the midtempo tracks are enhanced by some gloomier psych-folk guitars that give her an extra edge. Williamson slows things down on the back half to focus on her lyrics, but the most arresting song on the album is centerpiece “Thunder Song,” where ... read more
It sounds a bit like Angel Olsen Lite, which is worth a bit, and then a bit a less when you catch on.
'Cosmic Wink' is an album simmering with dark, psychedelic undertones that would be befitting of driving alone down a highway late at night.
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#74/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. I See the White
  2. Awakening Baby
  3. White Bird
  4. Wild Rain
  5. Thunder Song
  6. Mama Proud
  7. Dream State
  8. Forever
  9. Love On the Piano
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Added on: March 19, 2018