“One must be careful of Jill Tracy. The pale and shadowy chanteuse quickly draws you in with her noirish compositions; her songs are eerie and enticing, clever and clawing, and replete with gothic glamour. The San Francisco-based artist likes her fare dark and bloody, sprinkled with cabaret charm, old-time chamber ragtime chops and an almost overpowering sense of seductive gloom.” PACIFIC SUN
Jill Tracy is both villainess and heroine of her own musical netherworld. The San Francisco-based artist has garnered multiple awards and a devoted following for her evocative cinematic music, sophisticated lyrics, old-world glamour, and curious passion for strange tales.
Hailed by critics as a “femme fatale for the thinking man,” Tracy was described by NPR’s All Things Considered as “utterly intriguing… luring you into a magical kingdom solely of her creation.” LA Weekly calls her “very distinctive and exciting.”
Her signature sound conjures up images of wonder cabinets, hidden passageways and opium dens. Of marvels, monsters, and mayhem. But at the same time, it’s shockingly new. Jill Tracy coos in a voice of cut-velvet smoke, ornately framed by her dark trademark classical-cum-parlour piano, creating a world of opulence and danger, of magic and madness. As one critic put it: “You know it’s not safe here; but with Jill Tracy as your guide, you’ll be in no hurry to leave.”
Backed by The Malcontent Orchestra, a lavish ensemble of strings, woodwinds, drums and percussion, Jill Tracy’s music creeps its way under your skin in a tantalizing, yet delightfully unsettling fashion. With her forays into filmmaking, writing, acting and theatre, Jill Tracy is redefining the image of modern day renaissance artist. But beneath her trademark sound and style lurks cold steel. No corporate-contrived cookie cutter blandness here. She is refreshing proof that smart… is sexy.
“Jill Tracy creates a haunted netherworld that is both seductive and terrifying.” CLIVE BARKER
“Jill Tracy is completely unique – a soul out of its time; intriguing, intelligent, sensual, and just diabolical enough to make you wonder. She enchants and tempts with a delicious sense of danger. Whatever I say, doesn’t even come close to describing this CD (Diabolical Streak) and its creator properly- it is THAT GOOD ! It’s unfathomable to me that some major label hasn’t picked her up yet and kissed her feet… or why a big film maker like David Lynch hasn’t contracted her to do film scores.” STARVOX
“A siren of the dark side…combining the intellectual eroticism of Baudelaire, and the cheerful ghoulishness of illustrator Ed Gorey, Jill Tracy spins intoxicating tales of mayhem. Plus, there’s -that VOICE!!” ARTE SIX (read full interview)
“…positively poetic…Jill Tracy has made an exquisite, even luscious record with Diabolical Streak…she wraps you with a smoky coo and as you soften under that sophisticated smirk you realize too late she’s tied you to the third rail while the cobwebs descend and the seas fill with blood.” SF WEEKLY
“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
“very distinctive and exciting…Jill Tracy sings with the kind of breathy intimacy that will fulfill your dreams of being tortured by beautiful women.” LA WEEKLY
“an elegant and mysterious siren” VILLAGE VOICE
“If there is any justice in this life, the world will discover Jill Tracy.” RAGE MAGAZINE
“Like a film noir femme fatale, Jill Tracy is gorgeous; ballerina thin and Victorian porcelain pale…..a stunningly hypnotic performer.” SF BAY GUARDIAN
“Marvellous…mind-numbingly and seductively good. Jill Tracy is the beaded-black brocade dress of music: sexy, rich and luxuriant. The song-writing is tight and clever, as well. Add Jill’s sultry, lush vocals to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for something volatile and intoxicating!” GOTHLING.COM