A month ago, we reviewed "How Could You Babe”, a new single from L.A.-based Vancouver-bred songsmith Tobias Jesso Jr. that Noah Siegel described as "a compelling piano ballad with a timeless quality". There are plenty of other tunes that fall into that category on the much-awaited Goon, Jesso's debut album. The buzz around his huge potential has been spreading rapidly (300k YouTube hits for that single), and the record's release will pour more gas on that fire, as does a Pitchfork rave and a Conan appearance this week. There's a sweetly sentimental tone to his voice and songs, making the choice of album title a mite puzzling. Cited reference points for his sound include Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Harry Nilsson. The production work of (mostly) JR White (Girls) and Patrick Carney (Black Keys) is right on the mark, and Jesso is clearly on his way.
A March 30 Vancouver show (Electric Owl) is part of an extensive North American tour, to be followed by 15 gigs in the U.K. and Europe in May.