Jesse Roper approaches his profession the same way he would make a mixtape: with barriers down and volume up.
That philosophy is apparent on Access to Infinity, his third full-length distributed by Blue Heron Music/Warner Music Canada. Roper describes the album as “an evolved sound,” one that brings to a boil a disparate set of influences.
The B.C. singer-songwriter’s innate and impressive musical talent has served him well in recent years. It has given the flexibility to play with soul icon Booker T. Jones, rock veteran Colin James, and blues belter Beth Hart, then turn around and headline nightclubs and festivals to younger audiences and look perfectly comfortable in each scenario. Adventuresome doesn’t properly describe Roper as an artist, because when the guitar-wielding dynamo sets out to accomplish something, there’s no telling where his mind will wander, or when his energy will wane.
Red Bird, his celebrated 2015 recording, pushed the definition of blues rock to its outer limits, with Roper warning listeners on the hit, Hurricane’s Eye, “that you might be surprised at the treasure you find.” Access to Infinity charges even harder. And treasures loom at every step of the journey.
Epic jam "Worship the Sun" brings the album to a close with seven minutes of guitar atmospherics that would make David Gilmour proud. “Walk this earth, fall to the sea,” Roper sings, a wall of organ swells cascading behind him. “Worship the sun and the heavenly guitar.”
Roper's stock has risen profoundly in recent years, with festival sets at some of the best Western Canada has to offer, including headlining appearances at Rifflandia and Rock the Shores, and talked-about appearances at the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival and BreakOut West, among others.
He is looking forward to developing his fan base internationally with Access to Infinity, while keeping his native Canada in view.
“I get treated really well around here. It’s exciting and it gives me hope that I could live more of an on-the-road, playing-for-large-crowds life. Which I really do want!”
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Creative BC is proud to support Jesse Roper as part of the BC Music Fund’s Sound Recording Program.