PRAISES came at a time when BELIEFS co-front, Jesse Crowe, was struggling to find an outlet for her most personal demons. The project was created to be a quiet conversation, the love, loss and lessons that can’t quite fit within the public forum of a collaborative band. Praises is deeply coded in life’s stories, inviting friends and lovers to find lines encrypted in the lyrics that point directly at them. Deeply personal, yet highly fictionalized. Over the years since Praises beginning, Crowe has been learning and growing her musical pallet from solo guitar, to full band and now has expanded to feature piano, modular programming and hardware synths. Crowe has moved forward to self production, with rhythmic additions and production nods to long time collaborator, Josh Korody. Her influences from Nick Cave to Portishead, Praises pull from both a masculine and feminine struggle to bring the torment back into the piano where it belongs.?

Praises have released two EP’s via Toronto record label, Hand Drawn Dracula  (Beliefs, Dusted, Chastity) within a full live band format, and is set to release her first self recorded full length, titled In This Year: Ten of Swords in the fall of 2018. The LP features all instruments played by Crowe and was Co-produced and mixed by Josh Korody, who also added texture and structure via modular synth. Praises is currently travelling as a two piece in and are currently structured around string synth, guitar, piano in a live setting.

In This Year: Ten of Swords released Dec 7th, 2018.

INTERVIEW: In depth interview online & in print with the UK’s ASBO MAGAZINE

8/10 : “Crowe makes her dark nights of the soul feel hypnotic, carving out territory between Bats for Lashes and Nick Cave’s Skeleton Key. Bleak but vivid, there’s a power to its precision” – EXCLAIM!

4.5/5 – EDITORS PICK : “one of the most gorgeous and sorrowful records to have come out this year” – SPILL

“the music that they create is pretty freaking magical! Jesse Crowe’s voice is powerful and serene at the same time” – CVLT Nation

“For listeners willing to dive deep into Crowe’s world, the album functions well as a forced entry into darkness and unnamable despair” – SLUG Magazine

“Despite the dark times from which it was allegedly conceived, In This Year: Ten Of Swords is strangely, evocatively peaceful.” – NOW Magazine

“The sound is dark and ominous with Crowe’s soft vocals heightening the haunting appeal – Genuine emotion is inspired through the invitation into such a personal and private musical expression in this album” – DISARM

“A dusky drama shimmering beneath synths sounds and a dark presence, the spectral, brand-new track is taken from Jesse Crowe’s forthcoming debut LP In This Year: Ten of Swords.” ~ THE AUTUMN ROSES

“Hear that emotional rawness translated into music by streaming In This Year: Ten of Swords” – EXCLAIM!

“quatre morceaux rendant grâce à son timbre de voix titillant celui d’une Patti Smith” ~ HARTZINE

+ FEATURED: Hartzine Magazine (FR) Warszawa (Japan), Indienative (Japan), PIC Magazine (Japan), Photog Music (CAN)


PHOTO by Alex Gray
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PHOTO by Alex Gray
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In This Year: Ten of Swords

1. Love Unkind
2. All Demon’s Reign
3. Prey
4. Welcome Home
5. Run
6. Three of Swords
7. Anyone’s Anyone
8. C to C
9. Closer

HDD069  · RELEASE DATE: November 16, 2018

Pressed on 300 limited edition ultra clear base vinyl with black swirl, insert and black dust sleeve.

Written & Performed by Jesse Crowe
Produced by Josh Korody & Jesse Crowe
Engineered by Jesse Crowe
Mixed by Josh Korody
Mastered by Will Brodeur
Photography by Alex Grey
Design by James Mejia



1. Calm As Colour
2. Saskatoon
3. Saskatoon 2
4. Cult of Absence

HDD062  · RELEASE DATE: December 29, 2017

PRAISES is the solo project of Beliefs co-founder Jesse Crowe. Following the world-wide critical acclaim of Beliefs and the release of her first EP1 as Praises, Jesse Recorded EP2 at Toronto’s Candle Recording Studio with co-producer Josh Korody (drums) and with Andrew Roy on bass, Robyn Phillips (Vallens) on guitar, and Laura Jane Beach on violin.

Recorded & Mixed by Josh Korody.
Written by Jessica Upton Crowe.
Produced by Josh Korody & Jessica Upton Crowe.
Mastered by Jason Fee.



1. Breathing In
2. Way Back When
3. The Devil
4. Confessor

HDD035  · RELEASE DATE: April 15, 2014

“quatre morceaux rendant grâce à son timbre de voix titillant celui d’une Patti Smith” – HARTZINE

“Crowe lets her cover slowly hit your core, like a couple extra shots of high-grade NyQuil” – EXCLAIM!

Recorded by Josh Korody at Candle Recording Studio, Toronto
Written by Jessica Upton Crowe
Performed by Jessica, Josh, & Brock Edwards
Photo by Tess Parks
Design by James Mejia

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