Prolific Singer-Songwriter Brett Dennen Drops Vibrant New EP
If Brett Dennen's sprawling discography is any indication of his service to music -- and it is -- then the Cali-based singer-songwriter will be serving up colorful summer anthems long into the future.
His latest gift to fans is Let's..., a five-track EP released just a few months ago, swirling with tropical rhythms and upbeat arrangements.
Let's opens with "Already Gone," the record's first single that was released a month in advance, whetting the palates of Brett's biggest fans, of which there are many. There's no warming up in this one: waves of beachy rhythms launch the track into a rapid, surfs-up feel as Brett lays out a sunshine narrative about Tallahassee. On the EP's title track, "Let's," Brett tones it down for a more sweet and soulful approach. The arrangement bubbles and jingles, the guitar line is steady, and the song moves from quiet, contemplative moments to community ones in which each instrumental element merges for one big vivid jam session as Brett's distinct voice sings the refrain, "Gonna get this party started!"
Next comes "Home Away From Home," a folk-tinged track experimenting with twangy beats, relentless thumps of percussion, and desperate narrative in the opening verse before Brett wails about his wanderlust ways over moaning slide guitar. On "Good Vibration," the EP boasts a dark-pop vibe as sultry Latin-infused instrumentation bobs beneath Brett's drawl. When the arrangement picks up, we get more of those island rhythms he's become so adept at crafting. Let's ends with "Jenny and Jill," a wistful love song following two women who fall, gingerly but breathlessly like the young do, in love at a music festival. The songwriting here is jampacked with pensive dialogue and relatable truisms like "You never forget the first time" -- indeed you don't -- while shimmering melodies power on beneath Brett's sweet vocals.
With Let's..., Brett Dennen gives us more of what we love about him -- instrumental solos that soar with passion as if they weren't exactly planned, but taking flight mid-song was bound to happen at the hands of talent like this. His soothing voice crooning stories of quick escape and young love. Peppy pop rhythms and tender folk moments that fill the empty spaces. In just five tracks, Brett offers a gentle reminder to longtime listeners: he's not giving up his sonic prowess anytime soon. Thank god.