It’s hard for me to measure the profound impact an album like Jessie Baylin’s Dark Place had on me this year – for both its stunning beauty, its daring complexity and its sheer, completely honest sense of lyricism. Created after the birth of her daughter, this is a set of songs about the fear that comes with enormous love and the danger that lingers when we assume that happiness is a given. How Jessie was able to turn away from what’s expected of us – doting parent, dutiful wife with zero secrets to be told – is as mesmerizing as that voice, that floats so effortlessly over each note and syllable. It’s one of the best there is. With a two-year-old myself, I know well how that first year of your child’s life isn’t only full of sweet snuggles and movie-scene midnights with a sleeping baby on your chest, rocking the chair to the beat of your own hearts. It’s a battle between our new and old selves, and finding a way to merge the two into something both true to who were were and completely unfamiliar. Dark Place taps into these emotions better than any book or think-piece could ever do – I’m not sure I could ever be brave enough to write something like “Creepers (Young Love),” but I’m so glad that Jessie is. Presented here with help from Courtney Jaye, along with “Black Blood,” “Creepers” made me squirm in my seat in the best possible way – who doesn’t feel that whisper? Watch the videos below – many thanks to our friends at Made In Network and Parlour & Juke for the beautiful setting.