Jesse Marchantis set to release his fourth album,Illusion of Love, onJanuary 26thviaNo Other. After presenting “Sister, I” and “Frame For One” the artist now shares the rollicking Bruce Springsteen-tinged ballad “Heart Of Mine.”
Illusion of Lovemarks the end of an era. It’s the sound of awakening and emergence – from crises both personal and political. Though the opening track, “All These Kids I Never Knew,” starts the record off with Marchant recalling a year of social atrocities alone at the piano “shot in the back / while running away”, leading the first-time listener to believe that he might be setting the table for a collection of lonely ruminations, the opposite holds true. It’s a farewell to isolation, ushering in an album of buoyant, triumphant anthems. “Heart of Mine,” one of the album’s lead singles, which Marchant and his band tear through with an urgency unhinged, channels the essence of Neil Young with the spirit of Jim James, relating from the soul of a troubled youth as it comes to learn defiance.
Illusion of Lovewas recorded in the Autumn of 2016, atIsokon Studioin Woodstock, NY re-pairing Jesse with his Engineer and Co-ProducerD. James Goodwin (Kevin Morby, Bob Weir, Craig Finn) and many of his current and former touring bandmates,Anthony LaMarca(The War on Drugs, St-Vincent,The Building) on Guitar, Piano, Pedal Steel, Synths,Logan Coale(The National, Joanna Newsom, Jonsi, Wordless Music Orchestra, Now Ensemble) on Bass, andJason Lawrence(Dean & Britta, The Building) on Drums. Strings were performed and arranged by film composerDanny Bensi(Enemy, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Christine). The album was mastered byGreg Calbi.
Marchant, accompanied by his full band, will play a Record Release show at Public Arts in New York City on Friday, February 2nd. Danny Bensi will open the evening with a solo cello set. Purchase ticketshere.