Album: Mansion Full Of Ghosts
Label: Self Released
After hearing only the first few bars of the opening track of this debut album from the Canadian west coast, the immediate impression is of a musician of consummate skill and experience, who is completely at home in whatever genre of music he wishes to perform. Song writing like this is borne of real life experience, and the whole album is built around themes based on that life experience. A few lines from the fifth track “And now you’re floating through the city like a wild balloon, from the highways of Toronto down to Saskatoon, by the light of the lonesome moon, by the light of the lonesome moon” leave no doubt as to the location and background of Jesse’s inspiration, and the poetic quality of his lyrics.
Gentle on the ear, and with backing from high calibre musicians that complement but do not overwhelm his vocal style, the album is deceptively easy listening. It keeps very consistently to its’ own Country Folk feel all through, and with a generous offering of sixteen tracks means the listener can enjoy listening to half the album at a time and feel they have almost two albums for their money. It’s one of those musical offerings that after repeated listening grows over time with the melody of some of the songs becoming embedded in the mind.
Excellent both as relaxing background music and also for in-depth listening to the story telling of the lyrics. Although gently sung, lyrics like ‘These streets are quicksand, and this city is on borrowed time….’ pack a punch. A whole lot of hard work goes into producing music that tells such stories, and they are beautifully put over by Jesse and the band.
The album has been a constant companion at my workplace for a week before writing these words, and a welcome friend it has become.