Café Roux Sessions: Jesse Clegg


Jesse Clegg will be released his brand new album in June, entitled, ‘Things Unseen,’ it is the first locally recorded album since his first album, ‘When I Wake Up.’

Jesse Clegg started writing the songs whilst in New York in 2013 and finished all the writing back home in South Africa in his own studio in Johannesburg. Jesse explains how the album was recorded, “It was a fantastic and challenging experience, I wanted to move away from guitar as my primary writing instrument and incorporate new elements. Many of the songs were written with piano and electro soundscapes and rhythms. Technology played a big part in the making of the productions, using the studio as a tool to arrange the music around the emotional quality of the songs.”

‘Things Unseen,’ features 10 original tracks, with ‘Use Me’ and ‘Souvenir’ being the first two singles released last year. His latest single, ‘Breathing’ ft. Shekhinah was released in May on 94.7 & KFM’s #CokeTop40SA chart show to an amazing response, which saw the song play listed immediately.

Jesse has a widespread influence in his music, but this album showcases just how multi-talented he is. “I’ve always been musically curious in my writing and this album explores a diverse range of song styles and genres, there are influences of urban house, contemporary electro, indie rock and folk music,” says Jesse on where exactly his influences came from for this album.

Jesse’s new album will be on sale at his shows at Café Roux, Noordhoek on 7 & 8 July 2016.

Have a listen to his hit single “Use Me”