Artist of the week: Tobias Jesso Jr.
Tobias Jesso Jr. is a Canadian singer-songwriter who personifies the new paths to fame and success brought by the digital age. After starting his musical career as bassist for the band The Sessions and eventually for former teen pop singer Melissa Cavatti, a series of personal traumas (a bike accident and a his mother being diagnosed with a cancer) lead him to start home recording his own songs and to share them on social media such as YouTube and Facebook. The word of mouth was immediate and soon he was recording with first-rate producers such as former Girls bassist Chet “JR” White, Patrick Carney and Ariel Rechtshaid.
Goon, his recently released debut album, has no tricks under its sleeve: a direct descendent of the 70’s golden era of open-hearted singer-songwriters with a combination of craft and emotional weight that brings to mind piano auteurs such as Randy Newman, Elton John, Carole King or Billy Joel. Who would have thought that simple melodies, winsome chord changes and heartfelt lyrics could be the recipe for one of the most unanimous records of 2015?
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.