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Wesley Shares New LP

Today, Louisville, KY singer-songwriter Wesley (the alias of Jacob Weaver) shares his brand new LP, Glows in the Dark, out now via Earth Libraries. Introduced with the garage-psych-leaning-on-folk numbers “Glows in the Dark,” “Twins in the Wind,” and “Not Sure That Was Me,” the LP has a distinctly reflective, emotive, and sentimental quality, while also exhibiting Jacob’s keen knack for larger-than-life instrumentation. Think: your favorite contemporary indie-rock crooner tuned things up a notch by incorporating a swirling, vintage-feel to their already smooth-as-butter sonic output.

Summarizing his newest full-length project and its accompanying visuals, Jacob wrote the following:

“Glows in the Dark is almost entirely questions directes at myself. I think writing songs about problems or joys in my life has helped give me perspective on these things. At the time, it was what I needs to do.

Most of the songs started out as little melodies with lyrics, most of which became choruses, and I worked around that. I was lucky in the way that when they came, those few words seemed right. I struggle a lot with filling out the lyrics, particularly on the track ‘Fire.’ There was something big I wants to communicate and it took a long time to get it right. ‘Another Green Morning’ was written in about ten minutes.

Art department in film

Wesley became more of a focus 5 or 6 years ago when I started working art department in film with a couple friends. I shot both videos during quarantine. I didn’t like trying to do everything myself but it’s nice to look back on them now. 

The “Twins in the Wind” video was conceiving in a way that I didn’t have to light anything myself. It was too difficult to try and do all that and be in front of the camera. So, I would look for little spots of sunlight shining through, set up the camera, and run through frame. The song is about the childhood and adult version of myself as two separate entities moving farther apart with time. In the video, a man absconds with buried treasure only to find that the real treasure is knowing that treasure exists, haha. While filming, my neighbor (we live on a wooded lot) was bulldozing his plot. It felt a bit ironic. 

Not Sure that Was Me

‘Not Sure that Was Me’ is about ‘the demon of self doubt. Wesley always really liked those red glowing eyes in movies and things. Like in ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,’ and The Cure’s video for ‘Boys Don’t Cry.’ I cut red reflective tape and put it over my eyes. At one point, I was standing on the top of a ladder in the dark with tape over my eyes. I wouldn’t want to do it again.

Working in film requires long hours, for sometimes long stretches of time. and when the work is doing there may sometime before the next job rolls around. When I wrote these songs, I was trying a new sleep schedule or it was trying me. I’d wake around 2 or 3 in the afternoon and turn in at about 6 or 7 in the morning. I think I was in a bit of a manic state, but it feel exciting and I was writing songs. I finished the album in an old video rental store/ice factory. It’s where my studio is now.”

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