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Jesse and the Dandelions’ new CD “Give Up the Gold” more stripped down

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Edmonton musician Jesse Northey is excited to come back to Lethbridge with his band the Dandelions and his fourth CD “Give Up The Gold.”Jesse and the Dandelions return to Lethbridge this week. photo submitted
“I recorded it with Nik Kozub from Shout Out Out Out Out,” Northey said, noting the CD was released, Sept. 7.
 He plays the Owl Acoustic lounge with  Amy van Keeken and the Utilities, Oct. 20.

“It’s been really well received. I’ve been really impressed. It’s getting played a lot on CKUA. It’s been really nice,” said Northey who brings the Dandelions — keyboardist Dean Kheroufi, drummer Connor Ellinger, bassist  Dan Sedmak and guitarist Travis Sargeant to back him up as he sings and plays guitar.

 Hen noted the new CD sounds similar to the ambient indie rock of his previous works.

Northey noted Kozub suggested the new music be stripped down to the essentials.

“Nik was really great to work with. He was familiar with the sound I wanted and suggested a lot of the music be stripped back, Northey said, adding while he had to give up some control, it also gave him some freedom.

“ But it was still a good experience,” he said.
“ I want people to be able to relate to the songs. I wanted them to be reflective but still  accessible,” he said.


“The songs are a little vague. They have cool production. I wanted the lyrics to be left up to interpretation  by the audience. The sound was more important than the lyrics themselves,” he said, adding the CD has an upbeat, optimistic sound.

“ We recorded it live off the floor,” he continued.
 The Lethbridge show is part of a quick weekend tour which also includes a stop at the King Eddy in Calgary.

 And while he has just released an album , he already has newer music to play.

“ We’ll focus on the album but we’ll also play song that we haven’t even recorded yet. There will be a variety of music. I think people will enjoy it,” he said.
Jesse and the Dandelions and Amy Van Keeken play the Owl Acoustic Lounge at approximately 9   p.m. Admission is by donation.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 October 2018 09:40 )  
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