PRAISES came at a time when BELIEFS co-front, Jesse Crowe, was struggling to find an outlet for their more personal inner conversations. The project was created to speak about moments of love, gender and to iron out the questions 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. Praises has moved through multiple genres, from a stripped down guitar and vocals, to full band, to self production with rhythmic additions and production nods to long time collaborator, Josh Korody. Jesse’s influences range from Nick Cave to Portishead, and pull from both a masculine and feminine struggle to bring the torment back into the piano where it belongs.

Praises have released EP1, EP2 and the debut LP “In This Year: Ten of Swords” (December 7th, 2018) via Toronto record label, Hand Drawn Dracula (Beliefs, Dusted, Chastity). EP THREE (January 10th, 2020) features all instruments played by Jesse and was co-produced and mixed by Josh Korody (Nailbiter, Beliefs), who also added texture and structure via modular synth, and mastered by Jesse F. Keeler (MSTRKRFT). Praises is currently traveling as a two piece structured around string synth, guitar, and piano in a live setting, with the edition of flute and vocals by Kristina Koski (Chandra, Blonde Elvis) for special events.

Praises release EP THREE January 10th 2020, and are working towards the next LP, “In This Year: Resurrection

“experimental, post-punk/goth orchestral song feels like something straight out of a classic 1970s thriller” – BTR TODAY

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

“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


PHOTO by J.M. Ladd
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PHOTO by J.M. Ladd
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PHOTO by J.M. Ladd
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HDD075  · RELEASE DATE: January 10th, 2020

Written & Performed by Jesse Crowe
Produced by Josh Korody & Jesse Crowe
Engineered by Jesse Crowe
Mixed by Josh Korody
Mastered by Jesse F. Keeler
Photography by Michael J. Boyd
Design by James Mejia


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.

“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.” ~ THE AUTUMN ROSES

“Hear that emotional rawness translated into music” – EXCLAIM!

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.


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!

+ Warszawa (Japan) + Indienative (Japan) + PhotogMusic

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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