GUISE is the heart and soul of pop-folk singer-songwriter Jess Guise. Possessed of a remarkable folk lilt, she sings with delicacy whilst landing some vicious asides - by turns sweet, funny, and haunting. Whilst locked down with her husband, Frank Turner, Jess won the hearts of his large and welcoming fan base through their weekly livestreams raising funds for live venues, and a buzz rose up around her music in that world. Jess has been building on that buzz honing her live craft on the road, supporting and sharing stages with the likes of Richard Thompson, Frank Turner, Will Varley, The Arkells, Grace Petrie and Sean McGowan.
After the success of their first EP The Fun Part in 2020, Guise (Jess along with long-term bandmates and collaborators Laura Hanna, Titas Halder and Keith Barry) released their first studio album Youngest Daughter on Xtra Mile Recordings at the end of April 2022. Reaching number 18 in the official UK Folk Chart and produced by Frank Turner, the album is a beautiful accumulation of GUISE's work so far and the summation of Jess’ own personal journey to date. An ode to acknowledging past pain and carrying it with you to build better memories, Jess describes the record as an honest, personal, and self-deprecating wander through the various ways she's tried to follow her heart over the years.
"You could have heard a pin drop as the crowd were transfixed to the spot for the entire set...Her voice will pull you in, you can’t help it, and the craftsmanship of the lyrics and song writing will grab your attention...I loved that set.”
- Scene Sussex
"An album of sublime beauty"
- Fatea Magazine
"Jess’s folk songs are soft and gentle, and her voice is reminiscent of many great female vocalists, but she provides a unique and original sound"
- Music Mafia
“This record seems sweet and elegant on the surface, yet underneath it masks a sharp wit and a wry dissection of a lifetime’s worth of experiences: the lessons learned, and the joy found. The tracks flow and ripple with an elegant precision, swinging and swaying through woven elements of jazz, folk and universally-penetrable pop.”
- Original Rock Magazine
"Beautifully constructed, highly listenable songs"
- At The Barrier