Jesse Maranger – Dreamist (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 38:55 minutes | 384 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Independent
For his sophomore album release, “Dreamist”, Canadian Singer-Songwriter Jesse Maranger sings about embracing the beauty of imperfect love. While his debut album, “So I Love You As You Are” (2014), existed as a hushed reflection on childhood and family, “Dreamist” is a sweeping soundscape – an honest story about new beginnings, where each song blends into the next like the chapters of a book.
The album, recorded and mixed by Maranger at his home studio, is spacious, spare and elegant in its musical execution. The songs meander gracefully into each other — Maranger’s melodic chapters of love and life interspersed with nature’s own music. Maranger’s hypnotic voice, set to simple string arrangements is sometimes a whisper, or an echo, reminiscent of a babbling brook or a gentle breeze blowing through the forest from opener “Song of the Singer” through to “The Cardinal” to “Mary Lake”, “Pines” and gentle but haunting finale “Ember Years”. It’s a little Elliott Smith/Nick Drake/Tim Buckley and slightly Aidan Knight with lots of aural room not only within each song, but between each sonic stave. The album was mastered by Gavin Gardiner of Toronto indie folk band The Wooden Sky “for another pair of ears and the final sparkle.”
01 – Song of the Singer
02 – The Cardinal
03 – Then I Saw the Sky
04 – Cincinnati
05 – Mary Lake
06 – They Can’t Tell You Who You Are
07 – Pines
08 – Ember Years
Recorded & Mixed by Jesse Maranger.
Mastered by Gavin Gardiner.
Eric Dettweiler – Flugelhorn
Bob Egan – Pedal Steel
All Other Instruments & Vocals – Jesse Maranger