For someone who just sorta appeared out of nowhere, Tobias Jesso Jr. has made an impression this year: He landed on our 116 best tracks list, he made one of FADER's style writers sob in front of all her friends, and he released a great, sobering single from his debut studio LP. We already knew that record featured production work from Chet "JR" White, Ariel Rechtshaid, and Patrick Carney, and today Jesso Jr. has released some more details: The album's called Goon and will drop March 17th on True Panther; that's the artwork up above. Here's what the 29-year-old balladeer had to say in a press release:
"In 2008 I moved to LA to play backup bass for a Pop singer. That job didn't work out, but I ended staying in LA for four years. I returned to North Vancouver because my mother had been diagnosed with cancer (she's better now). I wrote most of the songs on my album Goon about my time spent in LA. It was a reflection that included, like the most popular of love clichés, a tough break up.
In my haste returning to Vancouver, I had left all my instruments in a storage locker in LA. My sister had moved out and left her piano at my parent's house, an instrument I had yet to explore. The first song I wrote on that piano was 'Just A Dream.' It was also one of my first attempts at singing. I have yet come to terms with my singing voice, but at the time I was left with no other option.
I recorded the demo, and then did a few more. Afterwards I sent the demos to JR White [Girls], someone who had produced one of my favorite records of the past few years (and was also signed to True Panther, the label I'm currently on). Soon after, he asked me to come down to San Francisco to record an album. After a series of visa issues and border complications, I finally met him and spent the next few months jumping from San Francisco to Los Angeles, recording in studios and bedrooms with friends.
After all that was said and done, I got offered to have a few more of my songs produced by Patrick Carney [The Black Keys] in Nashville, and Ariel Rechstaid in Los Angeles. I owe the sound of the record to the great effort of everyone involved, the producers and musicians doing and playing things I couldn't and treating the production with the same reverence I treat my songwriting.
The writing will always be the most important to me; the production, playing and singing I am still figuring out. I still play a bit of guitar, but I'm mostly sticking to the piano these days."
- Tobias Jesso Jr. December 2014
01 "Can't Stop Thinking About You"
02 "How Could You Babe?"
03 "Without You"
04 "Can We Still Be Friends?"
05 "The Wait"
07 "For You"
08 "Crocodile Tears"
09 "Bad Words"
10 "Just A Dream"
11 "Leaving LA"
12 "Tell The Truth"