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Reviews/press for Jessica in The Rainbow & cloudlight

“One of the more subtle soundtracks to this bridge between the end of Summer and beyond, cloudlight’s debut album is a tender display of eerie folk songs, seemingly carved out of the Michigan wilderness and presented, delicately, to those lucky enough to stumble upon the captivating, often beautiful glow that resonates from within.

Alternating lead vocals between Bryan Ralph and Jessica Fogle, the trio (completed by Mackenzie Carlson on mandolin) have crafted a record that lingers rather than attacks, though it never once feels like background music, more that it comes from a place where boisterous bluster counts for little at all. There are ruminations in their sounds, little tremors of something else that keeps the whole thing from drifting away, but cloudlight certainly aren’t afraid of fully embracing the quietude.

Fogle’s half-whispered is a thing of intrigue, most notably on the centre-piece stand-out “superhwy” which digs its heels in from the very first listen. Elsewhere, the captivating five-minutes of “route twentytwo” make for one of the more poignant folk excursions we’ve heard this year, while closing track “dream” plays out like the most lucid of departures, the gentle instrumentation and poignant words that dance around it making for a truly touching piece of music, and a suitably immersive and impressive end to this small, delicate, but ultimately lasting gem of a record.”  – tom johnson, GoldFlakePaint

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“Jessica in The Rainbow has released a mini solo EP titled Everything’s, True pt. 1. It is a vocal/piano only leak to preview an upcoming release she has planned for 2017 featuring orchestrations by Elisabeth Blair and cello by Hunter Zhao. This sweet two song EP leaves us haunted by Jessica Fogle’s siren-like voice. Listening to these two tracks feels like walking down a sparkling, snowy path lit by the moonlight while gripping your lover’s hand tight for warmth. The melodious piano accompanies Fogle’s voice flawlessly and it sparks an emotional response as authentic as the artist herself. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to float atop a cloud within the make-believe heavens, Fogle has graced the world with the musical equivalent. Do your heart a favor and get yourself a copy here.”  – Mackenzie Tucker, Melolagnia

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“Lovely and delicate songs from Michigan band cloudlight, full of angelic vocals and barely-there instrumentation.” –Bandcamp, “New & Notable”

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“Mellow and ethereal, Jessica in the Rainbow’s songwriting and composition experienced on its first album, “Catalysts,” are true to the band’s title. The songs seem to float effortlessly among the clouds and through space with the lush, delicate vocals and colorful songwriting of Jessica Fogle tying it all together. A classically trained pianist with a degree in Musical Theater Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Grand Haven artist boasts a long list of musical accomplishments that include writing the score for the movie musical, “Were the World Mine,” (a project that gained notoriety in its own right, having won 15 awards, including “Best Music” in the 2008 Nashville Film Fest) and an invite to be an artist in residence at Island (now Crosshatch) Hill House in northern Michigan” – Ricky Olmos, Local Spins

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“cloudlight’s debut ep is a beautiful dreamscape of sounds. jessica fogle, aka jessica in the rainbow, has a siren-like voice; like you’d imagine a mystic guide through a dark forest would have. she also plays the piano throughout the album. bryan ralph adds melodious guitar and ukulele to the mix, and vocals reminiscent of brian ring of the duluth, mn band ‘lion or gazelle.’ the newest addition to cloudlight is mackenzie carlson and he plays the electric mandolin – enough said. “the name is inspired by their time together in northern michigan, traveling around michigan’s pinky on a slightly overcast but otherwise lovely day.” and after hearing their music i’d have to say it’s definitely a fitting name. like viewing the light of a fresh sunrise beaming through the clouds as you’re coming down from a psychedelic trip, cloudlight’s whimsical sound gently carries you to your happy place with a newfound sense of clarity. the instruments sound raw and authentic, and they seem to weave effortlessly in front of, behind and alongside the vocals creating a powerful and dynamic wave of smooth sound. this ep is euphorically beautiful in an original way, exposing listeners to sounds that seem to inspire contentment and even comfort embracing and expressing your truest self.”  – Mackenzie Tucker, Melolagnia

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Listen to Jessica in The Rainbow on GR Live – Home at the B.O.B. with WYCE

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Interviewed by Local Spins at Lamp Light Music Festival, 2016

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Performing Live on 88.1 WYCE, in promotion of the 1st Annual Ladyfest at the Lakeshore.

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Interviewed & Performing Live on Walk The Beat Radio, with Katie Mansfield, to promote the 1st Annual Ladyfest at the Lakeshore.

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Article & Interview with Local Spins about the origins of Ladyfest at the Lakeshore.

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Podcast of my visit to The Guest List with Ben Davey on WYCE (including a playlist of songs I love, by heroes of mine)

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