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Jessica Lea Mayfield

Jessica Lea Mayfield

Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Futurebirds 

When: Tue., May 11, 9:30 p.m. 2010
Price: $10

"Hold You Close," the most stunning song from With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt, the dimly lit, bright-future second album from Jessica Lea Mayfield, tells you all you need to know about its writer's music in a little more than two minutes. First, it's a relatively simple love song of only three verses, each bound by Mayfield's confessionals about the ways she needs love to make her behave. She wants to miss her man, and she wants to kiss him. She wants to put trust in this future, and she wants, as the title suggests, "to hold you close to me." But if this is love, one shivers to imagine what Mayfield's disinterest must sound like. She sighs the song over a listless acoustic drift, the moans of an electric guitar stabbing the midnight air like a night creature's distant cry. There's something mildly askance in this relationship, too, especially since Mayfield's quest for partnership sometimes seems to carry the veil of threat. "I wanna feel you breathing down my neck/ I wanna see just what you see," she says, teasing the song's end before landing a subtle but important revelation: "When I hold you close to me." She's more interested in how she looks and feels in love rather than in the experience itself. Love her now, it seems, or she'll find someone else. Mayfield generally bathes points of light in beds of shadow, wrapping graceful country tunes in sinister shimmer. With The Futurebirds. —Grayson Currin

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