Hailing from Lethbridge, Alberta are Jesse & the Dandelions. The group is fronted by Jesse Northey, an ambitious and talented man who, in addition to being a jack of all musical instruments, founded the label Esper Records releasing music by fellow Albertans The Record Holder and The Utilities. As a follow-up to 2010′s The Lion’s Tooth, a well-crafted album of indie pop-rock, Jesse & the Dandelions have released the Ep Time and Space and Everything In Between.
This Ep is what I’d like to call a double-decker sandwich of playfulness. Bear with me – of the five tunes it is comprised of, the first, third and fifth are the peppy ones, holding it all together with upbeat tempos and rhythmic guitar. “Only A Rocketship Can Save Us” is the first middle part, what I’ll call the mea. Jesse’s Ben Gibbard-esque voice sails over the dreamlike accompaniment, clear and sweet. The other middle part, “Stealing Moonbeams” is the sauce that you put on your sandwich with skepticism but soon became your favourite condiment. The vocals are slightly distorted and the song as a whole feels otherworldly as a theramin solo steals the show.
The Jesse & the Dandelions taste is quite delicious, this sandwich in particular. It will presents one problem only – you’ll be longing for another bite. Find the Ep on Bandcamp.
Here’s the middle bun of playful rock, “Shadows”.