Charlottetown’s Dennis Ellsworth recently released his new EP Common Senselessness, a five song companion project to his 2019 album Common Senseless. The album features the single “Made for You,” co-written with Donovan Woods.
“I remember a news crew watched us write this song, and then I actually saw it on the news,” said Woods. “I can’t remember what we were writing about but I’ve always loved the first line: ‘I dream about you so often, I don’t even mention it now.’ I think about that line all the time because I think it’s a really good first line. A true gem of Canadian songwriting, I’m honoured to officially be involved with one of his records.”
After Ellsworth’s song “I Have No Idea” appeared in Carly Stone’s The New Romantic (SXSW jury prize for Best First Feature), the songwriter marked the occasion by embarking on a monthly recording session at Adam Gallant’s The Hill Sound studio in Charlottetown. That process continued for eighteen months and produced a catalog that became 2019 album Common Senseless.
“Culling tracks from the sequence became a very difficult task for me,” said Ellsworth. “Ultimately, certain songs fell in line with a theme that the title projected, and anything that didn’t was left off the original album. I felt that we left some gems behind.”
Five of those songs are now available, both as part of a deluxe reissue of the album, as well as a separate EP available via Bandcamp.
Dennis Ellsworth is a songwriter, performer and producer. He began writing songs in high school, bridging a variety of styles from folk to rock n’ roll, to chill electro-pop. Over the years he has moved around, spending time in Edmonton and living in Toronto for over six years. He is now based in his hometown, with ten albums to his name since 2009. He has collaborated with Josh Finlayson and Andy Maize of Skydiggers, Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip, Joel Plaskett, and David Barbe of Sugar and foremost producer of Drive-by Truckers.