Jess Williamson is no newcomer. She’s been an admirably prolific singer-songwriter for at least ten years, releasing four proper studio albums and a couple EPs as a solo artist. Even so, I suspect that I’m not the only one who really started paying attention to Williamson when she teamed up with Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield to briefly become the band Plains, releasing the exemplary album I Walked with You a Ways last year. Clearly, my latecomer status was regrettable, a suspicion that’s been confirmed by the new songs Williamson has released in the run-up to her fifth LP, Time Ain’t Accidental. This week brought the title cut, and it’s the strongest yet, full of county-tinged yearning and lyrics that convey whole histories in a handful of well-chosen words (“I read you Raymond Carver by the pool bar like a lady/ Known you for a whilе, but you’d been someone elsеs baby”). It reminiscent of the recent collaboration while feeling purely, truly all Williamson’s own. It’s a cut that entices the listener to become enraptured by it.
Time Ain’t Accidental is scheduled for release in June.