Kelly Jamieson – Too Close To The Sun


Kelly Jamieson - Too Close To The Sun

Kelly Jamieson – Too Close To The Sun
Format: CD
Label: Independent
Release: 2024

Release date: June 21, 2024

Kelly Jamieson considers himself a late bloomer as a singer/songwriter, but since the Toronto-based artist released his self-titled debut album in 2015, he has fully dedicated himself to the craft, and has slowly but consistently been building an impressive body of work that ranges from deftly executed heartland rock to lush balladry.

Jamieson displays that diversity once again on his third full-length collection, ‘Too Close To The Sun,’ made in collaboration with producer/multi-instrumentalist Craig Smith, who also helmed Jamieson’s 2020 album ‘Pure Gold. Work’ on ‘Too Close To The Sun’ commenced in early 2022 at Smith’s studio in Collingwood, Ontario, with a crew that also included drummer John Hall, and contributions from Austin TX-based keyboardist Jay Stiles who also plays with Smith in the band ONTARIANS. Jamieson credits Smith for having an overall vision for the record, while simultaneously not imposing any creative restrictions.

“The entire recording process was a super fun experience,” Jamieson says. “I brought around 20 songs to go through. I tend to write in all different styles, so with Craig we played through the tunes. We were able to put together seven that seemed to fit well together and we worked to create the sonic footprint that would serve the songs best.”

Many of those songs were inspired by the personal stories of people in Jamieson’s life, specifically the title track, which Jamieson wrote after encountering a friend who was living life dangerously fast and hard. Conversely, the psychedelic-tinged “Sky” was written as a positive message to Jamieson’s first niece upon her arrival on the planet. Other tracks such as “When The River Turns To Dust” and “Heroes” simply offer stadium-level roots rock in the tradition of Tom Petty and Drive-By Truckers.

In all, Too Close To The Sun is a significant step forward for Kelly Jamieson, seven songs that showcase an innate ability to touch our souls while also allowing us to get lost in the groove.

01. Someone Like You
02. Too Close To The Sun
03. When The River Turns To Dust
04. Delilah
05. Sky
06. Angels & Lullabies
07. Heroes