“Utterly tender-hearted. warm and sincere. at times, uncomfortably honest… desilva’s debut, solo album, hoarfrost and crocus shoots, will approach you softly, stare you squarely in the eyes, and demand your attention.”

- The Ark of Music


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Jessye DeSilva is a Boston-based singer/songwriter who is passionate about telling human stories through their music. Favoring a sound that lies somewhere between piano-driven alternative rock and country-tinged folk, Jessye's music centers around the idea that it is through the sharing of one's specific experience that listeners will see their own stories reflected back. Jason Scott of indie blog B-Sides and Badlands says, “DeSilva evokes a chest-ripping emotion that hovers inches above the ground, pouring forth the kind of wellspring folk music rarely witnesses.” As a nonbinary queer person growing up in the conservative church, they often felt isolated and different, however it was the vulnerability and resilience of artists such as Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, and Stevie Nicks that reminded Jessye that they were not alone. The evolution of relationships, societal and religious alienation, the community of chosen family, and the healing of the biological family are among the recurring themes in Jessye's work.


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Album Reviews for Hoarfrost and crocus shoots

“Utterly tender-hearted. Warm and sincere. At times, uncomfortably honest…. DeSilva’s debut, solo album, Hoarfrost And Crocus Shoots, will approach you softly, stare you squarely in the eyes, and demand your attention. Stories of painful youth, suppressed joy, isolation and loss, touch the listener gently on the shoulder but leave a palpable mark once the music fades.”
The Ark of Music (Full review)

“… an unmistakable tenor winding up with both melancholy and silvering hope. DeSilva evokes a chest-ripping emotion that hovers inches above the ground, pouring forth the kind of wellspring folk music rarely witnesses.”
Jason Scott, B-Sides and Badlands (Full review)

“The 8 song record focuses on the pain and precariousness of growth and change… Elegant piano mixes with Bryan’s folk-friendly voice. There is a story within the song that draws the listener in closer to see where it goes… Overall a great EP full of beauty, grace, angst, and perseverance.”
Keith Pro, Indie Band Guru (Full review

“With a piano-driven, alt-rockin’, country-leanin’, folk-infused sonic foundation, [Jessye] consistently delivers well crafted songs that are sincere, authentic and, most importantly, guaranteed to hold your attention. Featuring highly enjoyable, memorable melodies, emotive and passionate vocal performances, grabbing rhythmic grooves and a level of musicality that is above average, the pristine production quality becomes the delicious icing on this sonic layer cake.”
Joshua Smotherman, Indie Music Discovery (Full review)