10 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“I was told to leave this place behind,” Jessica Maros coos in her warm, sultry voice after a blazing trumpet heralds the album’s opener. The Nashville duo then take a languid journey through the Southwest, weaving spaghetti western whimsy and '70s country dust into their own dramatic indie rock. Mazzy Star's influence shines on psych-tinged "Heart Is Black" and the twangy "Leaving Brooklyn," while desert-rock licks sizzle across "Idiot." By the LP's end, that horn is still blowing and Escondido are still running—harmonizing their way to "a place where everything will be alright."

EDITORS’ NOTES

“I was told to leave this place behind,” Jessica Maros coos in her warm, sultry voice after a blazing trumpet heralds the album’s opener. The Nashville duo then take a languid journey through the Southwest, weaving spaghetti western whimsy and '70s country dust into their own dramatic indie rock. Mazzy Star's influence shines on psych-tinged "Heart Is Black" and the twangy "Leaving Brooklyn," while desert-rock licks sizzle across "Idiot." By the LP's end, that horn is still blowing and Escondido are still running—harmonizing their way to "a place where everything will be alright."

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About Escondido

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 create a dreamy, enveloping panoramic Western pastiche.

Tyler James and Jessica Maros came to Nashville separately. Maros hails from Vancouver, British Columbia and she headed to the Music City with a record deal but wound up designing clothes and jewelry. James is from Iowa and eked out a living as a solo artist before becoming part of the wild, wooly collective Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. After leaving Sharpe's crew, James moved to Nashville and set up a home studio, which is where he met Maros when he was recording Leanne Ford, a mutual friend of theirs. Finding a common musical ground, the pair formed Escondido, recruited like-minded supporting musicians, and recorded their debut album live at the Nashville venue the Casino on October 17, 2011. This recording eventually surfaced in early 2013 as The Ghost of Escondido and helped the duo gain attention, including a spot on Conan O'Brien's TNT talk show and the hit NBC drama Nashville, as well as Tweeted praise from David Lynch for their song "Black Roses." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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