“Something in the weather’s strange, changing.” With this vaguely threatening lyric, half-whispered at a sleepy amble, Peterborough’s Jesse Foster sets the tone for his debut album.
This dreamy, light-psychedelic pop album unveils itself at a languid pace. At the centre of it is Foster’s guitar work, which owes a heavy debt to Mac DeMarco in its playful, jazzy noodling and oddly lurching, syncopated rhythms, repeated into hypnotic infinity. The album’s lo-fi, muted, and fuzzy recording actually works to its benefit, creating a seemingly chill atmosphere.
And yet, the whole album has the general feel of that moment in movie drug sequences, half a beat before things take a turn and the trip turns bad. Everything’s still peaceful and nice, but there’s something wrong and slightly menacing burbling softly around the fringes. But until then, follow Jesse’s oh-so-reassuring advice: “Are you ready? Let it go, and unwind. Unnnnwiiiiinnnddddd.”
Jesse Foster’s music is available for purchase on Bandcamp.
All images courtesy the artist.