One really has to get into the mind of multi-instrumentalist Christopher Esse to really appreciate ‘Resonance’, the four-part album collective that he is in the middle of creating. Well, we get a second glimpse of that with ‘Resonance Part 2: Digital Rain’. A narrative concept album in its second incarnation, ‘Resonance Part 2: Digital Rain’ adds to the virtual cinematic score that is ‘Resonance’ as a whole while adding to the grander scheme of the project as a whole.
Each track, however, stands on its own with Christopher’s original style of piano and keys intersect with complementary guitars and rhythm in such a way that one reflects on the song construction and Christopher’s multitude of influences and realize that Christopher is keeping us in the story with his magnitude of talents as a musician and songwriter.
‘Resonance Part 2: Digital Rain’ cover.
Growing up in a small suburb just outside NYC, Christopher Esse found deeply listening to music as a salve during a difficult adolescence. Certain songs sent tingles down his neck and tears down his cheeks. For some time he felt challenged to make music of his own even though he hadn’t touched a piano since quitting piano lessons as a child. Finally, at 20 years old, he couldn’t resist any longer. In the summer of 1980 Esse set up a Yamaha cassette deck and Radio Shack microphone and started making songs.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1988, he had to face reality. He worked a regular job, got married, had kids, etc. Despite being away from music for so long, being a good husband and father will always be a highlight of his life. But by 2007 Esse’s burning desire to live out his music dreams returned. This time he needed to pursue this full time. Thanks to the support from his wife, kids, and their piano teacher, he was able to do so.
Christopher Esse’s rock narrative, ‘Resonance’, is a four-album collective and calls it, “the story of our future”. The first album, John Doe Saves the World, is a commentary on the inherent flaws of the US capitalist system and offers a possible way to transcend them. Going from apathy to despair to anger throughout the course of the album, the protagonist of this rock narrative, John Doe, finally commits himself to save the world – if it’s not already too late. In this second album, “Digital Rain” is Esse’s catch-all phrase to describe the toxic flood of information that drowns out rational thoughts and actions. Human agency thus erodes away, being replaced by political, social, and commercial propaganda.
This is the title of Esse’s second album in the four-part rock narrative ‘Resonance’. Here we find John’s childhood friend, Terry Mack, as a successful champion of ultra capitalism whose tactics come back to haunt him. His journey of awareness exposes a world beset by digital propaganda that corrupts free will.