The Return: Freedom EP
by Jesse Peters
The Return: Freedom EP is an album about the struggle for identity. It's an album about choosing hope over fear. The EP opens with the track "Free, Real and Beautiful." Over a driving piano part and head-nodding kick drum, Jesse sings "This is it, this is our time/ to find what we lost along the way." It's an anthem to discarding the judgment of others and our own internal judgments of ourselves. Track 2, a Lenny Kravitz-inspired blues-rock throwdown, tackles the liberating and challenging task of breaking with the past: "You gotta burn down the house to build something new!" This trilogy of songs is summed up by the song "We Weren't Meant To Be Alone," a soaring synth-heavy tune about the human need for community in an increasingly disconnected world.