S J Denney is an Essex-based singer-songwriter. He performs folk music with an indie edge.
A Fond Farewell is S J’s latest addition to a seriously impressive clutch of new material for 2019. The track continues some of the themes evident from his looser, freer style that exudes a very justified confidence by this songwriter for these times.
Lyrically the recurring theme is that he is a little older and more than a little wiser. The daily struggle to chase those demons away continues, but he’s more likely to be riding the current than trying to fight it these days. And he’s a man that is more looking back on those battles than being in the thick of it. He sings lightly ‘I made my choice’ but it’s a seismic shift.
Denney’s music continues to be a delight. The chord sequences allow the piano, trumpet and bass to stretch out and provide a jazzy improv quality. You could imagine this as a 12-minute set piece at Ronnie Scott’s or at a Sunday club in New Orleans.
By surrounding himself with musicians of the same quality, S J has delivered another career-high release. The echoing outro harmonies and clever word play carry the quality right to the last beat. And it’s one of those songs where you know the end is coming, but you don’t want it to be over.
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‘He’s got the edge that can rarely be captured on stage. S J Denney’s music is meant to be in the spotlight and will only move forward from here on out.’ – LIVAMP
‘I can definitely hear how Noel Gallagher has been a major influence, but S J still makes his music his own. The details within his writing definitely make his music stand out; especially with his vocal style.’ – My Random Jukebox
‘S J is someone who has always had a great way with words and knows how to craft details in his stories to grab the listener’s attention. But a story is only as good as its narrator, and his voice compliments his words perfectly.’ – The Appetizer Radio Show