No Difference

by Jess Cornelius

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Jess Cornelius, the New Zealand-born, Australian-raised, and now Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter, has an intense desire for personal authenticity, which is reflected in her songs as they explore womanhood, relationships, ageing and existence, all delivered through her startling voice.

“No Difference” was written in Melbourne before moving to Los Angeles while trying to navigate everything going on in her life. The song is part self-help mantra, part blind fatalism. Its video, directed by Thomas Hyland, was filmed in a bathroom in Melbourne and features friends and acquaintances of Cornelius.

“We wanted to introduce the water element because of its cleansing/rebirthing properties, but water is also destructive, and the image of someone wearing a white suit in a full bathtub implies someone slightly unhinged,” says Cornelius. “We wanted to expand on this idea of rebirth by showing all these women having miniature moments of self-reckoning, which is what I feel people often do in the bathroom. We use the bathroom—and the bathroom mirror—to collect ourselves, to recover, to psych ourselves up, to escape, to self destruct, to castigate ourselves, to tally up our worth, to make deals with ourselves, to re-evaluate, to preen and primp and steel ourselves.”

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After releasing three critically acclaimed albums with her Melbourne-based band Teeth & Tongue, Cornelius sought out a more personal project. She began performing and recording under her own name, releasing the “Nothing Is Lost” EP (Dot Dash/Remote Control) in 2017. “No Difference” is the first new music Cornelius has released since then.

Recorded and mixed by Tony Buchen at 64 Sound in Los Angeles in July 2018
Drums - Steven Urgo
Bass -Ryan Weinstein
Guitars and vocals - Jess
Additional guitars, keys, synths, melodica - Tony Buchen

Cover art by Jacob Gardner
Photography by Rachel 'Pony' Cassells

Release date:
18 February 2019
P-line:
℗ 2018 Jess Cornelius

lyrics

No Difference


And it all feels harder than normal
And you can’t believe it’s happened again
So you concentrate hard on your breathing
Cos it’s easier than feeling what you feel
Heaven and hell - it’s only a concept

If it makes no difference
you might as well be happy about it
It makes no difference how you feel
If it’s gone its gone and
You gotta keep on doing
Without it
and one day it’ll feel like none of this was real

You wanna be like how they say in that old non-fiction
Just float along with the waves
Back and forth in any direction
Wherever you end up is gonna be the right way
Well we know that’s not true
It’s so hard to be indifferent like that

If it makes no difference
you might as well be happy about it
It makes no difference how you feel
If it’s gone its gone and
You gotta keep on doing
Without it
and one day it’ll feel like none of this was real

Go easy when you’re lying in your bed
cos the thoughts you’re having then
are not the logical or clearest ones of all
Go easy cos it’s harder in the night and
it’s harder when you’re tired
Cos you can’t see it’s just a feeling and it’s separate from the real thing

If it makes no difference
you might as well be happy about it
It makes no difference how you feel
If it’s gone its gone and
You gotta keep on doing
Without it
and one day it’ll feel like none of this was real

credits

released February 20, 2019
Steven Urgo- Drums
Ryan Weinstein - Bass
Jess Cornelius - Guitars and voice
Tony Buchen - additional gutair, keys and synth
Laura Jean Anderson and Kat Myers - Backing Vocals

Recorded and Mixed by Tony Buchen in Los Angeles

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Jess Cornelius Los Angeles, California

Jess Cornelius is the songwriter and instrumentalist behind Teeth & Tongue. Over four critically-acclaimed albums, Teeth & Tongue gradually morphed from a solo project into a band, culminating in the 2016 album ‘Give Up On Your Health’, released through Dot Dash/Remote Control/Captured Tracks.
Jess Cornelius is a new solo project: more stripped back, personal and lyrically direct.
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