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Jesse Daniel Edwards (from the album Violensia on Cavity Search Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Jesse Daniel Edwards is musically all over the place in the best way. Not being tuned in to ‘popular’ music until he was a teenager, Edwards likely absorbed a lot in a little amount of time, gorging himself on any and all offerings. Those offerings influenced a singer-songwriter that can nod to sunny Pop music, Indie Rock, and OG Classic Rock, resulting in Jesse Daniel Edwards treading a lot of ground on his release Violensia.
The album opener “I’m So Happy (I Think I Might Cry)” has a Queen vibe, from the piano to the guitar fills, as Edwards moans ‘the truth is a lie when I said I was fine’ in high dramatic fashion. Those lyrical jabs continue in the hand-clap heavy, Pop cut “Backyard Party MDA” as he gets personal, barking out phone numbers from the past and asking ‘can we pretend I said something that made you laugh instead?’.
There is some great psychedelic guitar that drives “Nobody’s Got Me” while “Matches & Gasoline” is aggressive Indie Rock with gritty power chords and “Everything Makes You Sick” is high drama with a piano interlude in a loose package. Playful piano kicks off the album closer, “What Ever Happened To”, before turning into a Pop ballad, a cut that represents the full records playfulness and seriousness. From piano interludes to Classic and subtle Art Rock, Violensia could be 30 years or 30 minutes old, testament to timelessness and sounds worth keeping around. (by Bryant Liggett)
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