Release Date: May 7, 2021
Genre: R&B, Soul, Pop
One year since his debut release, Radio Silence, Jesse Maxwell is back with a new EP. On Hellion, the classically trained Toronto musician offers a set of six fresh, laid back songs with the makings to allure and pacify.
To start with, “Smoke & Mirrors” features slick, ethereal beats, smooth melodic vocals, and an incredibly chill vibe that is reflective of the EP as a whole. These same elements surface all across it, supplemented by instrumentation such as clean guitar and keys. Listen to the way these accentuate the soft-to-high vocal notes used in “Undone,” for example. That song is a highlight, displaying, in particular, the singer’s vulnerability. Another is “One Time,” which stands out somewhat among the rest, being just as calming but in a way, this is a bit more groovily upbeat, including effective use of trumpet. Likewise, a bit of trumpeted flair helps close things out serenely with “Evergreen” as well.
Hellion is smooth, relaxing, and engaging—an enjoyable musical contribution by Jesse Maxwell.
Cory Stumpf is an editor and freelance writer based in Kamloops, British Columbia. Whenever possible, he can be found indulging his insatiable passion for music, including hosting concerts at his home-based venue (McArthur Castle). In addition to writing content for various external media, Cory publishes his personal writings and photographs pertaining to music, travel, events, and general intrigue on his blog: FISSILENT PRESS.