Tobias Jesso Jr
. worked hard to get here, though it wouldn't seem that way. A master musician, Tobias has played guitar and bass for years. His debut album Goon
, however, is piano based which is striking considering he only started playing the instrument about two years ago
. Let that sink in next time you tell someone you've been playing classical piano since age four. He's carrying a ton of moment, and between super producer Ariel Rechtshaid and Danielle Haim (Haim
) helping to shape his album, he owns the stage with the vulnerable "Without You".
Backed by a huge string section, Rechtshaid on guitar, and Danielle on drums, Tobias takes the charge diving head first into this remarkably beautiful song. With the piano leading the way, Tobias croons and delivers pleading lines of adoration. Opening the song, "Why can't you just love me?/Should I move on or should I wait?" you know the man is in a troubled place. Still, the song never gets too bogged down in emotional sappiness. The honesty is refreshing. The ethereal mixture of piano and strings leave the listener thinking about the one who got away. Try not to reach for the tissue box listening to this one.
Check out "Without You" live on Conan below and give Goon
a listen out today on True Panther