Jackie McDowell’s music exists outside of the normal spectrum of time and space. She is at once an enchantress a thousand years old, a quiet, psychic child of four singing in the shadows, and a lucid dreamer. Releasing music since 2009 as Inez Lightfoot and in the projects Sun Cycles and WaterFinder, her work has continued to transverse the sphere of the mysterious unknown, but now emerges with a new voice that is immediately spellbinding. Luscious organ and vocals emerge from the darkness. Birds, beautifully weird drones, and abstract sounds gently unfold and carry us to the light. She eases us in so that our eyes aren’t too stunned by her bright, transfixing voice. It’s no surprise that Jackie is a practicing Herbalist; her music concocts a similar alchemy. Quietly humble and imaginative, she is nestled in Pittsburgh, but originally she hails from rural Illinois. As a child-loner with wild ideas and visions, she found in folk music and nature an alluring companion, and so she planted her roots. She is well-versed in American folk music, and like the hues in a vintage color photo, her favorites such as Sandy Denny, Linda Perhacs, and Bridget St. John color her songs. Jackie’s powers are medicinal, ancient, and ever new. She travels where very few are allowed; We just happen to be carried on her wings, and so we arrive safely to this astonishing, esoteric plane.
“McDowell’s music consistently draws your attention to a speck of time that she seems to freeze and zoom in on. Under McDowell’s microscope, whether it be an acoustic strum or held organ tone, the smallest instant can sound infinite.”
– The Out Door / Pitchfork
“Whereas Nico was staring into the blackened void of addiction, McDowell sings with a certain sense of wonder and awe about the natural world around her…. Baptisia also displays a great deal of variation sonically. “Apogee and Perigree,” one of the real stand-out tracks here, recasts Kim Gordon’s dream-like whispers of “Shadow of a Doubt” into a minimalist, electro pop burner. “Wash Me In Holy Fire” is a minor key acoustic strummer captured with all of the room sound squeak and grit left in for good measure.
In Baptisia, former Inez Lightfoot fans will find not only comfort, but they will find further confirmation of McDowell’s talents as a unique and idiosyncratic songwriter that is worthy of far more critical attention.”
– Decoder Magazine
“Baptisia is McDowell’s first record under this name, and it’s a fuckin winner. It’s some sort of folk drone pop that’s heavy on the strange & mystic and steeped with buzzing organ hum, which instantly makes me weak in the knees. This has a deep Zomes vibe, especially after that last record with Hanna Olivegren spicing things up with vocals, and I fucking love Zomes so McDowell is already batting a thousand. This record is just a total fuckin burner, with her beautifully distinct voice, singing somber songs rooted in the pagan world, an occasional acoustic guitar, violin, or drum machine, and a dash of field recordings, together creating a haunting atmosphere out of otherworldly tantras, McDowell’s role is enchanting shaman, conjuring hypnotizing sounds that you’d hear while lost in the woods, the drone set to infinity and McDowell floating along with it in perfect harmony, this is a beautiful fuckin record, weird & magical in all the right ways…”