Tobias Jesso Jr.’s Sweet, Searing Set at Cantor’s Deli

Into this.

A mutual friend played me the silky, raw strands of a couple Tobias Jesso Jr. tracks sometime last year, saying "just listen." The way I felt when I heard Jesso's music was rare but not unfamiliar. It was the same way I felt when I heard Arthur Russell for the first time: suddenly speechless, certain I had heard that melody, that voice once a long, long time ago. But I hadn't, and Arthur Russell may be gone but Jesso is here and he has a similar knack for tapping into the sweet, preternatural tunes that make you feel primal things. The prodigious piano player with a classic voice recently performed a sweet, two-song set for La Blogothèque at Cantor's Deli. His voice rings out across the low din of the restaurant, searing and clear.

Tobias Jesso Jr.’s Sweet, Searing Set at Cantor’s Deli