Youthful West Coast singer/songwriter Brett Dennen, with a fragile, high-pitched voice that makes him sound at times like a cross between Tracy Chapman and Neil Young, first drew attention in 2004 with the single “Desert Sunrise.” The tune, with its easy groove and soulful phrasing, garnered enough spins on KCRW to warrant the release of his self-titled debut the following year.
In 2006, Dennen signed with Dualtone and released “So Much More.” “Hope for the Hopeless” followed on the same imprint in 2008. Dennen's fourth studio effort, “Loverboy,” which featured subtle African rhythms and more of a pop veneer, arrived in April 2011, followed in 2013 by the sparser acoustic-based “Smoke and Mirrors.”
“It was time to get back to basics,” Brett Dennen says of his fifth record, Smoke & Mirrors, released October 22, 2013. “I wanted to return to the folk and acoustic music I loved when I began writing. I decided to tap into my memories and explore new emotional territory as honestly as I could."
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