Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen shares his California folk sensibilities with sweet-natured pop with hits like “Ain’t No Reason” & “Wild Child”. The singer's mostly acoustic tunes lean toward uplift and peace. He's able to crank out big pop songs complete with splashy keyboards, catchy hooks and danceable beats, yet Dennen can strip his sound down to just his voice and a guitar with equally captivating results.
Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen is a contemplative introvert by nature, an adventurer by soul, and the great communicator by effect. Much of his music stems inspiration from indulging in the natural environment around him – from camping trips along the Sierra Nevada mountain range to climbing Everest and Kilimanjaro. In the consistent succession of six previous albums released since his self-titled 2005 debut, Dennen has fluidly motioned between worlds of self-reflection and discovery, and interacting with the environment outside of the self.
His last album, released in 2016, titled Por Favor which, from Spanish, translates to “please,” suggested a need for something, a desire to make a change; a word that Dennen felt alluded to asking for something to come into your life. Now, with his latest release, Let’s, he makes a conscious effort to step out, and create an open-ended invitation to band together with friends and strangers alike to create a “somewhat of a party,” he says, “a comfy environment where people can work together for common goals.”
Let’s is the first in a series of two EPs created with songwriter/producer Dan Wilson (Adele, Dixie Chicks) for 2018 release. The album is evidence of Dennen’s inherent ability to create community amongst listeners. As someone whose endeavors include a mountain town ski “Lift” series advancing environmental activism in the winter, and a beach “Vacationer” series supporting local environment preservation in the summer, Dennen has found a niche way of incorporating his love of music and the outdoors into his live tours.
Dennen is also an avid painter, most prominently with watercolors, creating artwork that can be seen in much of the branding for his albums, as well as his side projects. With an evolving appreciate for food and beverage, he developed his own line of wine Rosés, consequently named Dennen Wines, for which he also incorporates his artwork onto the labels. The California Rosé of the collection scored a 91 on Wine Spectator. Out of all wines, Dennen picked Rosé because he feels it “celebrates being alive,” and as a drink that is perfect for any gathering, any season, it goes hand-in-hand with everything that Let’s represents.
Dennen currenlty resides in Northern California.
At a time of great uncertainty, it helps to surround yourself with those things you trust, and so marks the timely return of the reliably brilliant Nick Mulvey. His standout debut album, First Mind, in 2015 was the introduction of an artist who shirked the conventional and side-stepped the expected. It was a record of opposing shades, all leftfield rhythms, and harnessing an exquisitely natural guitarist doing extraordinary things, painting unique colours across a very moreish collection of songs. It was quite peerless, and translated to the stage alongside fine collection of talented players that formed his band.
Nick’s return with the first fruits of his new album sessions has brought with it his own outlook on a world that can’t decide which direction it’s going, or quite what to do with itself. We’re all hastily trying to find our spot within these times, and Nick is no exception, but if clarity is part-resolved by a call to arms, perhaps it’s time to make that call. Unconditional, the first new music from Mulvey in over two years, is a multi-layered, groove-based tune that doesn’t stray too far from First Mind, but far enough to sound fresh, unique and exciting. It’s the work of a special British talent ready for the next phase, whatever that phase will be. Join him.