For the past few years, I’ve been convinced that Denny White is the next Jonny Lang. His Daylight EP, which I was lucky enough to procure at the 2010 OC Foodie Fest (how’s that for a blast from the past), had five jazzy, bluesy piano tracks that made me feel like I was sitting in a New Orleans dive bar, sipping on Stella, and soaking in the soul. I became obsessed with the idea of interviewing this guy, but he’s remained ever elusive… until now.
See, Denny has spent the last year and a half writing and recording his latest EP, Colors. This EP features a new collection of songs just as beautiful as the last batch – though they’re a dramatic departure from the stuff we’ve heard before. Where before he was Jonny Lang or John Mayer, Denny’s songs now echo Coldplay or One Republic.
“I’ve always been torn between two sides,” Denny says of the differences between these two EPs. “I think a lot of it is who you’re working with.” For Colors, Denny recalls that he “wrote a ton of songs and said, ‘Let’s do this.’” From about ten finished numbers, he and his team pulled out the stuff they truly loved, and wound up with a cohesive five-track collection.
These songs float out of your speakers, full of light piano melodies and breezy vocals that are entrancing. But it’s the lyrics of each song that will really capture a listener’s heart. “Last Goodbye” talks about “the pretty little life you fake,” a line sung so sweetly that you almost don’t feel the sting until the chorus. Denny says that song marks the end of a chapter, calling it an “unrequited love ballad [that] makes someone think about their life.”
By contrast, the title track “Colors” shows us the start of a relationship, at that point where you’re looking back, wondering how you’d lived before that moment. “And then there was you/I was so lost before your colors broke through,” Denny sings in an ethereal falsetto that hits you right in the heart (seriously guys, I wouldn’t be surprised if this song makes it into the next Rachel McAdams movie). The songs are packed full of emotion and beautifully composed, which makes perfect sense – as Denny so smartly puts it, “It all comes down to the songs.”
You can download Colors on Noisetrade or iTunes now. Also, Denny will be doing an EP release concert at Hotel Café on March 29th, 2013. Bring a date, buy a drink, and get ready for some beautiful music.