Album Review: Jesse Foster – EP

Jesse Foster
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“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.

Jesse Foster - Jesse FosterThis 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.”



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Jesse Foster’s music is available for purchase on Bandcamp.

 

All images courtesy the artist.

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Gabe Pollock

Gabe Pollock

Gabe Pollock is Editor-in-Chief and co-Publisher of Electric City Magazine. He is a Peterborough-born freelance writer and editor who has covered Peterborough music and culture since 2012, first on Electric City Live and now in its magaziney successor.