“I guess love ain’t always right.”

“How Could You Babe” by Tobias Jesso Jr. | I wouldn’t call it a trend much as it is a continuation of one, of soul-inclined men pushing the throwback button and making good tunes out of it. Then again, Tobias Jesso Jr. doesn’t exactly fit that mold I just created. Here I am, thinking of folk like Leon Bridges and even Sam Smith, and realizing that Tobias’ bias (hah) towards the piano, and to Lennon-esque sounding tracks like this one, puts him in a different league altogether. The Vancouver musician just learned the keys at 27 – he initially played bass and guitar – and now he’s pushing his debut, Goon, next week. This track is a slow burn: it just stood there when this came on the radio, and then it wriggled its way, grabbing me. I guess it’s the simplicity of a good piano ballad. [NB]


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