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Album Review

The Ghost of Escondido defies more than one expectation, not the least of which is how the Nashville-based duo Escondido created a vast soundscape live in concert, then turned around and released it as their debut album in 2013. Multi-instrumentalist Tyler James and singer Jessica Maros at times recall a cinemascope, dream pop update of the hazy vistas of Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra, but The Ghost of Escondido also has echoes of Laurel Canyon, not to mention Mazzy Star. This album shimmers like heat radiating off the pavement in the desert; it's out-of-time, out-of-place, a panoramic pastiche of a forgotten West that exists partially on vinyl and partially on celluloid. Any sense of pretension is scuttled by Escondido's choice to record live, which gives the album air and grit, weighing it down when it threatens to float away and giving it mystery when things get perhaps a bit too authentic. It is a balancing act, propping the band somewhere between the past and present, and although The Ghost of Escondido is certainly haunted by communal memories of the past, it lingers in the subconscious because James and Maros choose to favor legend and mystique over humdrum reality.

Customer Reviews

I'm from Escondido

I thought it was hilarious that there was a free song by Escondido, and I'm from the city Escondido hahaha. I really like her voice! :)


This album is mind-blowing! The combination of these two is a match that has been waiting to happen for a long time. Think Stevie Nicks meets Neil Young meets Spaghetti Western. Buy this right now!

Best record of 2013?

Hey, it's early but I can't believe how fortunate I was to stumble on to this record. Shear genius. I absolutely love it. There may be another album this good this year (probably not) but there will not be an album any better.

Seriously; there's only 5 stars above this record's a 10.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Escondido may be based in Nashville but the duo of Tyler James and Jessica Maros has its heart in the Western desert. Dusty and elegantly dramatic, Escondido's 2013 debut The Ghost of Escondido showcases a duo who found a common atmospheric ground between dream pop and country-rock, trading upon sounds of the '60s, '70s, and '90s -- Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra, Fleetwood Mac, and Mazzy Star are recognizable touchstones and they can also bring to mind Jenny Lewis in her cowgirl phase -- as they...
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