Jesse Kivel

Jesse Kivel releases new material under his name + announces the 5-track release, Content. The record comes out via his own label New Feelings (US) & Rallye (Japan) on October 6. The announcement comes with lead-single “LA Story”.

A message about Content from Jesse:
It’s taken me almost 3 years to finish 5 songs. I had a child, started a company, bought a home with a 2-car garage, and am in an ever-changing 11-year relationship. But am I content?

My music has never taken longer to complete, but this new depth of time altered me. It slowed me. My mind calmed and my heart eased its pulse.

Jeff Brodsky produced and co-wrote Content, Andrew Maury mastered it. These are my close friends, and working with them means everything to me at this point in my career.

My inspirations for this record were Bob James, Tarika Blue, Jaco, Kings of Convenience, Hiroshima, Tatsuro Yamashita, Donald Fagen and Kamasi Washington (among others).

I wanted to take snippets of jazz/fusion (“dad” music) and let the sounds inform my own songwriting. Playing and joking with the idea of what dad’s might listen to, in many ways, makes it easier to face my new reality. That I am not as young as I once was, and that the act of writing and recording is an endless process instead of one defined by the cycles of a tour or an album.

The lyrics on this record touch on all of these feelings and confusions. Some things change, some things remain, but I don’t think I will ever be content.


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“LA Story”

New Feelings