Jesse Clegg recently released his new CD ‘Things Unseen,’ and it's a hot one! It is the first locally recorded album since his first album, ‘When I Wake Up.’ The album was produced by Denholm Harding in Potchefstroom at Light Stain Studios and in Johannesburg at B Sharp Studios; it was mixed by Denholm and Ewald Van Rensburg.
Jesse Clegg started writing the songs whilst in New York in 2013 and finished all the writing back home in South Africa in his own studio in Johannesburg. Jesse explains how the album was recorded, “It was a fantastic and challenging experience, I wanted to move away from guitar as my primary writing instrument and incorporate new elements. Many of the songs were written with piano and electro soundscapes and rhythms. Technology played a big part in the making of the productions, using the studio as a tool to arrange the music around the emotional quality of the songs.”
‘Things Unseen,’ features 10 original tracks, with ‘Use Me’ and ‘Souvenir’ being the first two singles released last year. His latest single, ‘Breathing’ ft. Shekhinah was released on Saturday, 14 May on 947 & KFM’s #CokeTop40SA chart show to an amazing response, which saw the song play listed immediately.
Jesse has a widespread influence in his music, but this album showcases just how multi-talented he is. “I've always been musically curious in my writing and this album explores a diverse range of song styles and genres, there are influences of urban house, contemporary electro, indie rock and folk music,” says Jesse on where exactly his influences came from for this album. According to Jesse Clegg, the album title reflects the personal and introspective themes of the songs.
“Things Unseen are the hidden messages behind what is observable; those moments in life when a truth is revealed to us - either about ourselves or about the world around us. The feeling of being on a great search to find the meaning of love, loss, friendship, alienation, joy and ultimately our place in the world. Those are things unseen, unobservable, only felt.” – Jesse Clegg