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Jesse Roper (from the album Horizons available as a self-release) (by Danny McCloskey)
On the Horizons title track, Jesse Roper strips the arrangement down to voice and fingersnaps prior to layering percussive rumbles that carry his cries and harmonies across the beat. On his recent release, Jesse Roper stretches out the possibilities of Americana and Roots music, utilizing the studio for additional instrumentation rather than a foundation for the melodies. Wry humor, quick wit, and angular grooves are the glue that holds the tracks together in Horizons. Jesse Roper spins his wheels on “Cool Whip” with a rotating rhythm while stop/start beats provide “Body Language” with hip street vibes as he seasons “Two Wolves” with sparkling notes and a downbeat swing.
Leaving his Victoria, British Columbia homebase to record Horizons in Brooklyn with Gus Van Go (Metric, Sam Roberts), Jesse Roper chose a vintage Rhythm & Blues glow to polish the cuts on the album. Tracks like “Who My Little Lady” and “Hold on Me” are pure AM Gold with a modern twist while Soul ballads such as “Brightside” and “Hooks” showcase tenderness and street smarts in equal measure. Horizons quiets to wave the “Peace Flag” as a weapon against anger while Jesse Roper sinks deep into a soulful groove to ask “Does Anybody Know”, scratches out a beat for the rapid-fire flow of lyrics in “Another Day Down”, and stomps out a beat to demand attention for the needed thoughts and pleas found in “Right Now”. (by Danny McCloskey)
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