FROM THE PRESS

“Jill Tracy is the cult darling of the Underworld”
LA WEEKLY

“‘femme fatale for the thinking man’—Jill Tracy is a musical sorceress, evocateur, intrigante, woman of mystery, ‘dark Queen of Melancholia,’…she aspires to transport her listeners to another world — one she calls the “elegant netherworld.”
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Jill Tracy is utterly intriguing. She transports you into a magical world solely of her creation.”
NPR, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

“Jill Tracy is the swellest siren this side of the Stygian divide, and her hypnotic allure is unmatched by mere mortals.”
SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

“It’s nice to have discovered another artist of depth and substance, especially in an age where it’s easy to feel that almost none still exist… Jill Tracy: ‘the elegant side of the netherworld’—maybe ‘netherworld’ has replaced ‘underground’ now. No wonder (Jello) Biafra had raved to me about her. The new music of the future will give us history lessons, and restore to us our lost authentic emotionality, in an age which J.G. Ballard has described as ‘the death of affect.’ The death of authentic emotionality and emotional response, indeed… NOT YET—not as long as a handful of people like Jill Tracy, Jello Biafra, Nick Cave, Henry Rollins, and Lydia Lunch keep ‘kicking against the pri-cks’ (to paraphrase Shakespeare). And handing us reasons to still keep living and deciphering what we really feel…”
V.Vale, RE/Search PUBLICATIONS

“Drop dead original and dark as a drowning pool…
I sometimes wonder if Jill Tracy is actually a ghost.”
JELLO BIAFRA

“Jill Tracy creates an elegant netherworld both seductive and terrifying.”
CLIVE BARKER

“Jill Tracy is a Bay Area treasure…like Grafeo coffee, Scharffen Berger chocolates, and fine Napa Cabernets.”
Hearts of Space, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

“With a gaggle of acclaim already encircling her, there is little left to say about the gothic cabaret tour de force that is musician Jill Tracy. A darling of the critics and her peers (Lydia Lunch herself has bestowed glittering praise on Tracy.) Playing the dual roles of self-assured vixen and enigmatic storyteller, Tracy has seduced an army of followers with compositions detailing torture, revenge, poison and the blindsided nature of love, all delivered by her intoxicating voice.”
BARCELONA CITY GUIDE (Spain)

“Jill Tracy’s voice is just tragically beautiful…her
music is a place that you just want to crawl into and not leave.”
WICKED CHANNEL

“Chanteuse fatale Jill Tracy has become the icon of the dark glam scene.”
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

“An elegant and mysterious siren.”
VILLAGE VOICE

“Equal parts performance artist, filmmaker, musician, and bad-ass icon…Fear not, Jill Tracy is here to deliver us.”
SFist

“Sultry, sinister….exquisitely sexy. Artist Jill Tracy is like no other on the scene today.”
THE HORROR CHANNEL

“Ominous and beautiful, dark music virtuoso Jill Tracy is a FEARnet favorite.”
Gregory Burkart, FEARnet

“Intriguing. I’m speechless… Jill Tracy is the closest there has ever come
to a female David Bowie.
LA FEE VERTE

“There’s just something about the inimitable Jill Tracy that makes us swoon like a passel of naive gothic horror heroines in too-tight corsets. Is it her husky midnight lover’s croon, her deceptively delicate visage, her vintage sensibilities? Who else could have written the definitive elegy on the “fine art of poisoning,” composed a hauntingly lush live score for F.W. Murnau’s classic silent film Nosferatu, joined forces with that merry band of bloodthirsty malcontents, Thrillpeddlers, and still somehow remain a shining beacon of almost beatific grace? Part tough-as-nails film fatale, part funeral parlor pianist, Tracy manages to adopt many facades yet remain ever and only herself—a precarious and delicious balancing act.”
SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN, Best of the Bay awards issue

“Rooted in film, Jill Tracy’s musical career keeps returning her, darkly, to the screen… Inspired musically by Hitchcock composer Bernard Hermann, and visually by the shadowy black and white imagery of film noir, Jean Cocteau, F.W. Murnau and Fritz Lang, Jill Tracy combines a dramatic piano style that moves from morose to ragtime with seductive, perfectly enunciated captivating vocals. Jill Tracy radiates intelligence with a sophisticated, eerie sensibility… Classical, timeless.”
SACRAMENTO BEE

“Profoundly beautiful, Jill Tracy is a magical masterful storyteller.”
BONS VICIUS (Portugal)

“With an affinity for darkness, but with melodic forms that express twisted romance, Jill Tracy evokes soundtracks by Bernard Hermann (the accomplice of Alfred Hitchcock) and songs that move with shivery cinematic suspense, amidst tales of lost grandeur. Works of languid beauty…Exquisite.”
EL PERIODICO, BARCELONA (Spain)

“When you hear Jill Tracy’s lush, sultry voice and experience the spooky melancholy of her lyrics, you’re hooked…you can’t escape the haunting and seductive powers of her macabre torch songs. As you listen, your will is no longer your own.”
ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN

“stunning…Jill Tracy is a Marlene Dietrich-esque Bay Area icon.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Jill Tracy’s always been one of our faves; a gothic glamour girl who tickles the ivories like bones, and sings dashing ditties about all our favorite themes—torture, poison, the apocalypse, the hopeless nature of love, the sweetness of revenge. She’s the swellest siren this side of the Stygian divide, and her hypnotic allure is unmatched by mere mortals.”
SF BAY GUARDIAN

“Jill Tracy is a conjuror of the enigmatic; a purveyor of the extraordinary, raconteur of dark delights, and all-around creative wonder.”
NOCTURNE MAGAZINE (New Zealand)

“It’s an evocative sound, all right –and Jill Tracy has pretty much cornered the market on the genre. As a friend of mine described it, very Weltschmerz — and I agreed with him, responding to the onomatopoeic quality of the word. Ultimately, I had to look it up in the dictionary and he was right. Next to the entry Weltschmerz in the dictionary there was a picture of Jill Tracy.”
CONTRA COSTA TIMES

“Think of Jill Tracy’s music as the soundtrack for Union Station filmed in black and white during the eerie build-up to a startlingly romantic plot twist. Describing her sound as “the elegant side of the netherworld,” Tracy has a voice that prompts images of spirits haunting art deco hallways and a knack for writing songs that unfold like the story lines of F.W. Murnau movies that were never made.”
LA WEEKLY

“Enchanting… A woman of many, many talents, Jill Tracy has spent nearly all her life channeling the melancholic and macabre to weave a sonic web as delicate as it is strong.”
GOTHIC BEAUTY MAGAZINE

“The Jill Tracy Experience. Not just fit for musicians or music buffs, she also consistently receives praise from film and theater directors, fine artists and authors. What they all have in common is an appreciation for her desire to keep, in her words, ‘the dark corners of history alive.’ ”
PERFORMER MAGAZINE

“Pretty sexy stuff.. Jill Tracy is poisoned cabaret, late night revenge fantasies for the killer in every woman.”
LYDIA LUNCH

“Jill Tracy has a voice that is pure, triple-distilled, weapons-level sex.”
Chris Lowrance, YIN SOAKED BOY

“There’s something otherworldly about Jill Tracy. She has a poise, finesse and enigmatic quality rarely seen these days—she effortlessly floats above the fray.”
SANTA CRUZ METRO

“Jill Tracy. Oh my. Having turned my back to the mainstream years ago, I felt like I had uncovered a hidden treasure when I discovered Jill Tracy. She is probably the most original singer/artist on the planet and remains the cult darling of the Underground. A place she relishes.”
NEWS MARTINI

 

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SELECTED INTERVIEWS:

Terror Trax: Jill Tracy Interview in HorrorAddicts

Where Shadows Fall: Jill Tracy interviewed by Eddie Muller for NOIR CITY Magazine

The Ecstasy of Melancholy: Jill Tracy talks with GOTHIC BEAUTY Magazine

Monsters, Marvels, Lore, and Legend: Jill Tracy on the Persistence of Mystery.
From TEEMING BRAIN

Jill Tracy Interview for DEATH SALON

Elegant Alchemy: Jill Tracy Interview (on PAGE 27) in SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

Jill Tracy Sees Romance in Shadows: Interview in SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Dark Seductress Jill Tracy Featured as Dexter’s Final Requiem: DARK MEDIA ONLINE

Finding the Phantom: Jill Tracy chats music, film & the allure of monsters for French webzine Vampirisme.

On Mystery, Music and the Mütter Museum: Jill Tracy interview in NOCTURNE MAGAZINE

A Waltz to Make Wishes Come True: “Belle of the Ball” Jill Tracy shares her favorite Edwardian Ball Tale

Jill Tracy discusses the making of Silver Smoke, Star of Night in GOTHIC BEAUTY MAGAZINE

It’s Always Night at the Bottom of the Sea: Jill Tracy interview in Absenta Musical

Jill Tracy discusses her work with the legendary Mütter Museum in Chain D.L.K Magazine

Jill Tracy interview in SEPIACHORD

I’ll Hold Your Hand While They Drag the River: An Interview with Jill Tracy in TOR

Jill Tracy cover story for CONSTELLATION MAGAZINE

The Elegant Side of the Netherworld: Jill Tracy Interview in LA WEEKLY

A Musical Seance: Spirit in the Song: Jill Tracy cover story  in SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Haunted by the Thought of Jill Tracy: COILHOUSE

Jill Tracy interview in CULTURE FLUX MAGAZINE

Woman of Mystery: Jill Tracy Interview in SFist

Jill Tracy interview in ARTE SIX

Mysteria Woman: Jill Tracy cover story in METROPOLITAN

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