11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a string of singles and an EP, Imaginary Future—a.k.a. Jesse Epstein—proves he’s capable of building a memorable album’s worth of his delicate and distinctly ephemeral songs. Serving up the kind of intimate, indie-folk flavored music that Fleet Foxes fertilized the indie pop world with a few years ago, Fire Escape’s airy romanticism feels especially genuine considering Epstein’s vocal partner is his high school sweetheart and now wife, singer/songwriter Kina Grannis. Imaginary Future works with a simple palette of acoustic guitars, minimal piano, and muted washes of cymbals and tympani, with his—and Grannis’—vocals acting as a key element. The languid melodies and lyrical grace of Epstein’s compositions are surprisingly adroit; they soar stealthily to heart-fluttering high points and spiral downward in sad freefalls; they burrow effortlessly in the memory as sweet, sing-along moments of triumph and hope. Fire Escape is a beautiful and inarguably romantic record, one that was criminally underrated upon release. It’s never too late to tell a friend.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a string of singles and an EP, Imaginary Future—a.k.a. Jesse Epstein—proves he’s capable of building a memorable album’s worth of his delicate and distinctly ephemeral songs. Serving up the kind of intimate, indie-folk flavored music that Fleet Foxes fertilized the indie pop world with a few years ago, Fire Escape’s airy romanticism feels especially genuine considering Epstein’s vocal partner is his high school sweetheart and now wife, singer/songwriter Kina Grannis. Imaginary Future works with a simple palette of acoustic guitars, minimal piano, and muted washes of cymbals and tympani, with his—and Grannis’—vocals acting as a key element. The languid melodies and lyrical grace of Epstein’s compositions are surprisingly adroit; they soar stealthily to heart-fluttering high points and spiral downward in sad freefalls; they burrow effortlessly in the memory as sweet, sing-along moments of triumph and hope. Fire Escape is a beautiful and inarguably romantic record, one that was criminally underrated upon release. It’s never too late to tell a friend.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
95 Ratings
95 Ratings
rileyanne12 ,

Nice

There isn't a bad song on this album. They're all pretty and easy to listen to. I would recommend it

faith schneider ,

Amazing.

I could listen to Imaginary Friends forever. Love everything about this! I'd like to say I have a favorite song but...they're all incredible. BUY THE ALBUM <3

JR1V ,

Love

I've been following his music for quite some time. Saw him live in Cleveland last year with the beautiful Kina and it was wonderful. Not really sure why neither of these artists haven't really blown up in the music industry. Both very talented and I die inside when I see them collaborate on a new song. This album is perfect. His voice is perfect. He is perfect. Such a great follow up to The Imaginary EP. Buy and support my imaginary boyfriend.

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