Jesse Terry (from the album Natural)
On his recent release, Natural, Jesse Terry musically recasts the title track from his last album, Stargazer (2017). On Natural, “Stargazer” becomes a tender lullaby, moving the mood away from almost Beatles-esque arrangement in the earlier rendition whose added beat and lush strings made the story more of an inspirational challenge. The differences between the two albums are striking, the separation connect the releases as companion pieces. Jesse Terry delivers Natural with sparse musical backing for the stories, giving the title track guitar picking as a bed for the gentle vocals to rest upon as Jesse’s voice becomes the light guiding the tale. The tune is the only single vocal on Natural as Jesse Terry partners with women vocalists on the remaining tracks, the stories gaining a deeper emotional tug in the male/female dynamic presented. The contrasts between the two singers in each song, and their relationships, became the focus for the recording of Natural.
The tones of “Kaleidoscope” bleed colors between letting go and moving on, the heartbeat thump of the rhythm creating a foundation for the vocals of Jesse Terry and Sarah Darling. Natural welcomes duets from Erin Rae (“Beautiful Way to Get Home”) and Annie Clements (“Looking Close Enough”) as well as offering up space for a cover of Electric Light Orchestra with “Mr. Blue Sky”, Liz Longley joining Jesse Terry on the dreamy acoustics on the tune. Liz returns with a duet for “Close My Eyes”, in for a pair of cuts on Natural alongside Kim Richey, lending vocals on the rolling rhythms of “I Was an Island” and in the open thank you note to a lover in “Carry” while Dar Williams is behind the microphone pairing on “Stargazer” and for the tripping beats stuttering with “Noise”. Cary Ann Hearst (Shovels & Rope) joins Jesse Terry word-for-word as the pair confirm the power of two on a tale of how the world as a larger community blends together in “Mountain Rose”, the pair boarding a persistent guitar strum for “Runaway Town”.
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