Says Jesse Denaro: “You come to a point where you realize that no one really gives a shit about your music.” He laughs.
The Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter, who has been performing since he was twelve, is getting out of his own head with his forthcoming album One Day I Will Be Important. After years of trying to write music under the intense pressure that often accompanies attempts to emulate the artistic practices of others, This new record sees Denaro making the music he enjoys – because that’s what he loves to do.
“It sounds sad,” he continues, “but it’s almost freeing. No one’s waiting hand and foot for your music, so you can take your time and make sure that the product is good. I’ve just taken a lot of time in the past few years writing these songs, crafting them to make sure that what I put out is something I still want to play in twenty years.”
Concerning itself with the personal heartbreak of getting divorced less than a year ago and the subsequent dichotomy in his mental state – his desire to become a romanticized, traveling vagabond versus his yearning to find love and start a family – Denaro’s new album is hopeful in the midst of melancholy, switching between low-key songs and rollicking R&B that brings to mind Daniel Caesar or John Mayer. Truthful and transparent, Denaro’s authenticity shines through in his tuneful observations of good things falling apart in a mature endeavor that’s sure to foster strong connections with listeners.
While One Day I Will Be Important does not yet have a release date, Denaro will drop a new single called “Garden” November 23 on The Vault Records and today Glide is excited to offer an exclusive premiere. Denaro gives the song a chilled out quality with a smattering of electronic effects mixed in with acoustic guitar strumming to create a folk-pop sound. As he dwells on a relationship that fell apart, Denaro seems to be in an almost transcendent state of mind as he seems to come to terms with sadness, and he channels into a dramatic pop song that washes over the listener. His expresses his own release when the song climaxes into frantic guitar shredding shouted vocals, as if the singer has been waiting to get something off his chest and finally seizes the opportunity.
In his own words, Denaro has this to say about the song:
“I wrote ‘Garden’ when I was in a relationship that was unraveling. It started great, but somehow took a turn for the worst. I remember sitting in my car after work one day, just thinking about how far the relationship had strayed from its original state. This song is about that – the unraveling of something that started good but ended toxic.”
Jesse Denaro will be on tour this coming winter:
January 22nd // Allston, MA // O’ Brien’s Pub
January 24th // New York, NY // Arlene’s Grocery
January 25th // Philadelphia, PA // The Barbary
January 26th // Washington, DC // The Velvet Lounge
January 28th // Richmond, VA // The Camel
January 30th // Asheville, NC // The Odditorium
January 31st // Atlanta, GA // Smith’s Olde Bar
February 1st // Nashville, TN // The Cobra
February 3rd // Indianapolis, IN // Melody Inn
February 9th // Lakewood, OH // Mahall’s
February 23rd // New York, NY // Rockwood Music Hall