Oh now, this is pretty cute. Taken from her new fan-funded album California Years, ‘San Francisco’ finds the commercially shunned Jill Sobule in as fine a storytelling form as she’s ever been with this sweet little tale of getting a Thai massage from a woman who dreams of heading to the West Coast. Nothing revolutionary or out of the ordinary, just perfectly sunshiney pop. This being Jill, there’s also room for a message and she pricks at our social conscience with lines like ”I wonder about the place I’m in and how they treat the girls / I know that it’s legitimate but still it makes me wonder”. It probably wouldn’t work in the hands of a less endearingly quirky singer, but Jill’s a pro and it’s offset by a gloriously hummable outro.
The video for ‘San Francisco’ was directed by none other than comedian Margaret Cho and takes in some of the city’s more colourful characters and seedier dives – watch it below. California Years is released through Jill’s own Pinko Records on April 14th and you can pre-order a signed copy here.
CNN are running a feature on the album’s funding as part of their ‘Road To Rescue’ survival guide series, which reminded us of Jill’s brilliant cover of Destiny’s Child’s ‘Survivor’ from her album The Folk Years: 2003-2003, so we’ve posted that too. Enjoy!
‘San Francisco’ [directed by Margaret Cho]