EDMONTON JOURNAL (Album Review)
“Why won’t you stay with me?” he repeatedly asks on Bad Guy, which starts off as a sad-sack yet breezy ’60s-flavoured ditty, then kicks into overdrive with the help of blaring guitar licks and punchy percussion. (Northey is one of the good guys of Edmonton’s music scene — producing albums for other artists at Edmontone Studio and True North Recording Studios.) “You can try to save yourself,” he softly hushes on Brother, a piano-rock number brimming with Beatlesque harmonies, skip-along rhythms, and swelling strings.
VUE WEEKLY (Cover Feature)
True Blue is a thoughtful, evocative album that grows in appreciation on successive spins. In the simplest terms, it’s a dreamy pop record that ventures into the realm of the psychedelic.
Highlighted by compelling, layered instrumentation, coded ethereal lyrics and the occasional jangly guitar—True Blue leaves a lingering effect that is challenging and satisfying. Elegant harmonies drift throughout the record, summoning memories of late Beatles records crossed with early ’90s college-radio lyrics.
It sees Northey lacing up and hitting the ice in purple spandex with a pair of blade-less back-up dancers. Their grace is mirrored in the gently rolling ballad, and accompanied by additional footage of Northey performing on an array of musical instruments in the arena locker room.
“BeatRoute.ca is happy to premiere a delightfully odd infomercial-esque video created to promote the art/space-pop group.”
“Jesse Northey and crew were prepared to impress from song one.
The quartet has been described as Flaming Lips-like and that was certainly evident (see them covering “Race for the Prize” below, for a taste). They also reminded of modern Canadian guy-girl harmony groups like The Salteens and Young and Sexy. Their material is intelligent and catchy—see “Til The End” above—and their sophomore album, out later this year, should make a splash.
Kudos on the enthusiasm in the face of a crowd that was 80% staff and other bands”
The tunes are perky, electric guitar-driven pop-rock numbers, which are fleshed out by acoustic strums on “Only Just Be Friends,” futuristic synths on “Friends of Mine,” and violin (played by Yes Nice’s Nathan Wong) on “Break Me.” The results channel an emotive brightness that recalls Death Cab for Cutie and aim to tug on those ol’ heartstrings.
Their full-length debut, A Mutual Understanding, is like a field of the pretty-but-unwanted yellow-topped weeds — contrasting sunny synths, light piano drizzles, boppy guitars, and Jesse Northey’s soft blanket of a voice
A Mutual Understanding is their first full length studio album; and the first release since their excellent Time & Space & Everything in Between Ep. It’s honest music; Jesse’s got a smooth, plaintive voice similar to Colin Meloy(the Decemberists) and Ben Gibbard(Death Cab); He is very coy but mildly ethereal.
The experience and time has certainly been kind to his main act, Jesse & the Dandelions. Since The Lion’s Tooth the band’s songs have become tighter and more polished, and this new EP is a good example of showing how far they’ve come. Time and Space and Everything in Between is a great follow-up to their album and shows that this band has definitely grown up a lot.
“The new EP from Lethbridge’s Jesse & the Dandelions is thick with the kind of college radio hits you would expect to hear at the turn of the millenium. Each track is a solid gem purloined from the sonic loins of forefathers like John K. Samson, David Bazan, and Ben Gibbard” – Argue Job
NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE
As the title and cover art suggests, the album is rife with themes of longing, former misconceptions of love, and the desire to return to the milieu of summer; the season of potential relational change, from platonic to romantic. Not dark or ‘down’—only deep, and actually really beautiful. Their most mature effort yet, A Mutual Understanding is part-confessional stories and part-growth.
If the Weakerthans and The Strokes got drunk at a party and started jamming with the Pet Shop Boys while listening to old Violent Femmes albums, the result would sound something like local pop trio Jesse and the Dandelions…Singer/guitarist Jesse Northey knows how to carry a pretty tenor melody — that’s where the Pet Shop Boys comparisons comes from, but the music is pure Strokes — clean, ambient, Brit pop style guitars and plenty of pretty melodies.” – L.A. Beat Arts & Entertainment Magazine
Based out of Lethbridge/Calgary, indie folk band Jesse & The Dandelions are about to release their latest full-length album A Mutual Understanding. And Ominocity got the pleasure of listening to an advance copy – it’s good. Taking the energy from their live performances, the band mesh pure pop vocal harmonies with upbeat rhythms and a zealous love of offbeat instrumental flourishes. Expect Jesse & The Dandelions to become the next buzz group to emerge from the prairies.
“…I would like to add a new category to the illimitable categorization of music by interminable music writers (like myself), that new category being “Classic Indie,” a genre to which The Lion’s Tooth is entirely indicative. Jesse Northey and his trio have channeled the catchy right-beside-your-ear songwriting and roped it onto the lulling guitar arpeggios of early Pedro and The Lion, The Shins, Death Cab For Cutie, and so on.” – Argue Job blog