Five long years have passed since we last heard new music from Jesse Pino. However, it has been worth the wait, as Pino’s new EP, Signal Received, shows a remarkable step up from the acoustic singer-songwriter vibe of his previous release.

“It took longer than anticipated,” Jesse says of the recording process. “I recorded the EP with a rad group of friends, but unfortunately, they stepped out before the album was fully completed. So, I had to gather a new group of rad friends who respected the vision and wanted to be a part of the ride.”

Now with a full backing band, the sonic landscape of Pino’s songs cover a wider range than his previous solo efforts. While reminiscent of bands such as Beach Slang and Jimmy Eat World, Signal Received maintains Jesse’s signature sound (just louder) with clever lyrics, melodic arrangements, and a strong pop sensibility.