Jessy Rose today shares much more about his story by releasing his long awaited debut EP ‘Are You Home?’. Listen HERE. After the mood-setting introduction ‘When You’re Better’, the subsequent tracks reveal an artist at breaking point – first struggling with the breakdown of a relationship in ‘On My Own’, and then coming to terms with leaving Hare Squead and then starting afresh with ‘Set Free’.
The EP’s closing track and new single ‘Selah’ takes on a serene, almost religious quality as it brings the narrative to a close. Influenced by Irish tradition, in particular the longing and melancholia of ‘Spancil Hill, ‘Selah’ strikes a choral, hymnal tone that strikes a blissful tone for the listener as well as a redemptive moment for the artist. Listen HERE. Jessy has confronted and struggled with tough times, but is now a stronger character for the experience. As the EP’s final lyrics so poetically state, “I could feel an essence pure / And I was carried out of the storm.”
Those words are grounded in reality, but there’s also a fantastical element to the EP’s language too. As Jessy explains, “This EP is very lyrically orientated because most of it was written based on my lucid dreams. I kept a dream journal and wrote about my dreams quite a lot. It was more poetic at the start, then I picked up my guitar and turned them into songs naturally. These songs are very close to my heart and I hope you connect to them.”
While the EP’s stories are tumultuous, Jessy sounds more confident than ever before. His voice brims with gospel and soul, which producer Ben Esser perfectly complemented with an organic, often live-feeling production. The project was two years in the making as Jessy wrote 200 songs for potential inclusion, ultimating choosing the five that made the strongest, most coherent artistic statement. The textured alt R&B of ‘Set Free’ and ‘On My Own’ contrast with the raw ‘When You’re Better’ and ‘Judas’, both of which Jessy and Ben
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