autumn shade is haunting, ethereal, naturistic, bohemian, folk music.
a pendulum swing from raw + organic as though stepping into an abandoned barn upon a forgotten meadow to ancient + haunting as though exploring castle ruins in a gypsy village. there are elements that suggest eerie swamps of louisiana, concocted remedies tucked away in ozark mountain forests, nighttime among the alleyways of france, or wild prairie lands of the old midwest america. these are all within jes leneè, the songwriter's, roots.
she displays this vividly with her delicate yet intense fairy-like vocals, folky picking + strumming on guitar + banjo, jumping accordion waltzes + dreamy flowing piano playing.
her lyrics are full of naturistic inspiration, global influence, + poetic abstraction, which weave the tapestry together to make a unique arrangement of atmospheric simplicity.
the songs are highlighted by the synergy of musical guests including the extraordinaire, nathan wright (banjo, xylophone, bells, autoharp, accordion, etc + producer of Isabelle), sharla ember (violin, hammered dulcimer), wesly rowe (percussion), jordan hehl (upright bass), + various others who have played on albums of the past.
autumn shade has released 2 full albums, Ezra Moon (strange attractors audio house out of Portland, Oregon) + Isabelle Has Wings (self released) + 2 rare ep's as well as been featured on numerous compilations + albums with Seventh Crow Records + More Than Folk Records out of Paris, France. she has toured all over the USA, Europe, + Canada, opened for Smog’s Bill Callahan + was showcased at a festival featuring the Flaming Lips. she has also played for Tulsa Modern Dance Movement + Resonance Women (an organization assisting in drug rehabilitation for women), written a soundtrack for a local award winning film, + played accordion for a ren faire circus.
on a personal note, jes lives in a tiny yellow cottage (she designed + helped build) surrounded by edibles + medicinals in the foothills of the ozarks, works at a monastery in the forest, travels as much as she can, + loves tea parties.