Tobias Jesso Jr Is a Musical Dream

21 Sep

A guy at a piano, spilling his heart out to the world. We’ve seen and heard it many times. But Tobias Jesso Jr’s “Just a Dream” is a mixture of all the best artists from the past who are still performing, proving that Jesso is here to stay.

With its quiet unassuming presence “Just a Dream,” is just as powerful as Elton John’s “Your Song” with a dash of piano man Billy Joel’s “She’s Always a Woman” melody.

Simplistic in instrumentation but thought provoking and introspective with truthful lyrics such as “Yesterday I had a baby/Now she’s one year old looks just like her old lady” and the passionate chorus “I can’t explain the world to you/Can’t explain the things people choose to do/There’s a thing called and a thing called hate too” the beauty is reminiscent of The Beatles “Julia” and John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy).”

Jesso hails from Canada and has yet to release a debut album, here we hear only a demo, and that alone shows the potential that Jesso has within him. Pitchfork has described his other demos as a “rec-room John Lennon vibe” but perhaps Stereogum sums up Jesso’s sound the best citing “It’s as if he sighs his heartrending nostalgia into existence after poring over old love letters and family scrapbooks, encasing each outpouring of sentiment in wobbly lo-fi recordings that render them well-worn keepsakes from the start.”

This is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve, a serious and sentimental singer/songwriter who is destined to conquer the world.

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