Interview with Jesse Rundle
Thank you for being part of our interview today Jesse. You have a new song out, Nomad Exquisite. Please share the meaning of this title with us.
That’s an interesting question because you’d think the word exquisite just has a plain meaning but it’s actually kind of humorously self-deprecating. I looked up how it was used in 1920s when Stevens wrote it. Back then, the word exquisite meant someone who is basically dressed up a little too much. I love how this little detail from the title gives a picture of the explorer in the song being a city-person that isn’t used to all this nature and is enjoying it all the more because of that.
When will the album be released and what can we expect from this new collection of music?
February 28, the album will be out online. Vinyl and CDs will be available with the of art book made by Ryan Hadden a couple months later. And what can you expect. Well, I really love albums that flow together and I’m proud of how these songs move in and out of each other and how it builds. Using the poems as lyrical material gave the album a huge range of topics, so it really goes a lot of different places, and I tried to take the listener along that journey.
What inspires you to create art?
Oh, it can be anything from the way a tree looks in the light, to the turn of the phrase, to some big idea that builds over time through relationships and living out life.
If you could only be remembered by one song what would it be?
The song that really captured how I feel about music is the title track, Radishes and Flowers. It has all these interwoven melodies and harmonies between the guitars and the vocal line. It’s something I try to do a lot but felt like I really found something special on that song. And then it erupts into this instrumental emotional response just so cool.
Big plans for 2020?
I’m going to try to record and release another album while I promote this one. I want to make music videos for all the songs. I’m building a studio in my garage with my friend. I want to publish my first book of poetry. Only some of that’s going to get done.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I’m really curious how people are listening. Like is this good driving music, study music, Sunday morning coffee music? I just don’t get to see where people listen so if you do listen, send me a message and let me know.
End of Interview