Jesse Gold shows new levels of vulnerability with ‘Stupid Hours’ EP
Jesse Gold exerts greater strength in songwriting through his brand new six-song EP. His skill, whether with silky melodies or heart-piercing lyrics, guides the listener through a magnificent journey, which many would not expect. Stupid hours, starring producers Jack Eblem, Brandon Leger and others, opens up his art in fascinating ways.
“I’ve started co-writing more than ever over the past year and a half. I learned a lot from working with great writers. I realized that there were songwriting tools that I had never even considered for my own music, ”Gold tells American Songwriter. “So, I became very keen to use the tools in my own writing. I ended up with songs that I was much more proud of, and I’ve only been chasing that feeling since.
The EP takes its title from the late night hours of jotting down ideas and constantly chasing after its muse. While the simple idea of pushing hard often comes with a connotation of suffering to his art, Gold doesn’t see it exactly that way. “I won’t talk to other artists, but for me, I don’t consider those ‘dumb hours’ suffering – more hard work,” he says. “I’m starting to realize how necessary this is to achieve the goals I’m trying to achieve. As much as I would like to call it my suffering, it is only work.
From the sultry slide of “RIP”, in which he drops the title of the EP, to the electrifying emotion “One in a Million”, with Stefani Kimber (I thought about you again, he sings), there is a vulnerability that Gold has chosen to highlight. “It’s really the only method I’ve found that makes me feel better. Since I was a child, every time I wrote about what I was going through, I felt instant relief, ”he admits. “Adding a structure of rhymes and songs to my pre-teen woes helped me overcome them. The same is true after all this time. Talking about my struggles in a song is nothing new to me. The struggles are simply more developed. The relief is the same.
Such vulnerability has given him “the reassurance that I am not alone and the validation for me to continue to be open and honest with everyone who listens to my music,” he adds. “Not having to mask or smear everything I write is the ultimate freedom as a composer. I see my best work comes from the deepest digs.
“Let me get cheesy for a second.” I am going to describe a tool that has really helped elevate my writing, ”he continues. “In the past, I would start a song with an idea or a general theme, and I would write loosely with that idea floating in my brain. But now I make sure to write a short, coherent sentence derived from this idea. For example, instead of writing on the general theme of “grief”, I would write “I cannot move forward without you”. Then, while writing the song, I make sure that each line perfectly sums up the feeling of that phrase. Does this make sense? Either way, this tip helped me write much more cohesive and better quality songs.
In conjunction with his new EP, Gold is considering the release of a new film, called Stupid hours live, released this Friday (May 14) with RnBRadar. “I am so proud of this film. It was an incredible team effort and a test of creativity. The idea started with a simple live concert but ended up turning into something more unique, ”he shares. “I saw so many artists doing the same thing. With Covid restrictions, everyone has opted for live broadcasts. I wanted to do something to stand out and do creative justice to this EP. We arrived at this hybrid of a live performance and a concert documentary. I am very grateful to the talented group who helped me realize this vision. “
Stupid hours live invites the viewer to go through the long hours it takes to put on a live show – “from arriving at the scene in the afternoon, until leaving the stage, packing their bags and leaving that night – while playing a song in all places. by day, ”he said. “It was important for me to show people a different side of me – not just the recordings themselves. I think this film is the perfect companion for [the EP]. “