Jessie Baylin releases "Hurry Hurry" video directed by Scarlett Johansson

Jessie Baylin

Jessie Baylin releases new video for Hurry Hurry

Music video directed by actress Scarlett Johansson

West coast dates with the Watson Twins confirmed

Nashville, TN-based singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin is excited to announce the release of her new music video for "Hurry Hurry."

The clip for the track was helmed by Jessie's close friend, actress Scarlett Johansson, with Adam Kimmel (Capote, Lars & The Real Girl) handling the cinematography.

As a complimentary visual to the album's soft and sweeping opener, the elegantly filmed "Hurry Hurry" was a clip shot in one take on New York City's Manhattan Bridge with the New York skyline as its backdrop. Its simplicity perfectly balances the purity of emotion felt in the song.

"One of the greatest gifts of growing up with Jessie has been watching her develop as a musician," Director Scarlett Johansson said. "This song has a dreamy Brian Wilson sort of feel; I wanted to build on that and allow the video to carry on dreamily and use the changing tone and Jessie's expression to match the vibe of the melody."

Produced by Kevin Augunas (Cold War Kids, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros) and arranged by modern-day auteur and multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift, Little Spark, Baylin's third full-length album, carries with it a classic pop tone that evokes memories of the Brill Building and Laurel Canyon in the '70s while retaining a decidedly modern, empowered worldview.

"I drew a lot from people like Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick, the Brill Building writers," says the New Jersey-born, Nashville-based musician. "But I didn't want to make a retro, throwback kind of album. Nostalgia is fine, I have a definite fondness for that, but I didn't want people to listen and think I was trying to recapture something from the past." That's exactly the vibe one gets when immersed in Little Spark.

Rather than go with the flow, she went with her gut, gathering what remained of an inheritance from her grandmother - whose nickname Jessie borrowed for the Blonde Rat label moniker - Jessie hired Augunas, who helped her gather some of the most empathetic musicians she could find, including old-school guitar man Waddy Wachtel, veteran drummer Jim Keltner, Greg Leisz on pedal steel, The Watson Twins on backup vocals and famed Emmy & Grammy winning string arranger Jimmie Haskell (Elvis Presley, Simon & Garfunkel, Bobby Gentry).

"They became absorbed into my world to a degree I never expected," she says. "In a lot of ways, I really had these guys live my life with me and I think that closeness is reflected in the music. There was a seamless feeling, like we'd grown up together - it was that tight."

Little Spark bears out those words. From the soulful orchestrations of the opener "Hurry Hurry" through the high-desert plaint of the wistful "Yuma," Baylin and company move together as if joined at the head, the heart and the hips - leading to a direct connection with the pleasure center.

Jessie Baylin will be making the following West Coast appearances at the end of January with The Watson Twins. Tour dates below.

Jessie Baylin Little Spark album Trailer:

January 2012 tour dates:

(Dates and information subject to change.)

25 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door *
26 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
29 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
31 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour *

* = w/ The Watson Twins

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