PHYSICAL CD AND LP RELEASE SET FOR MAY 13, 2016
“There is a distinctive echo of the glamorous, rhinestone-encrusted, 70s-era country queens present on Escondido’s sophomore release, Walking with a Stranger.” – KCRW
Escondido is Nashville, TN based artists Jessica Maros and Tyler James. Born over a shared love of spaghetti westerns and music out of Laurel Canyon and Nashville in the 70s, the duo recently released their sophomore album, Walking With A Stranger, digitally in Canada with Cadence Music – their new Canadian label home. Currently the group is on the road, including a recent tour with The Lone Bellow, and upcoming dates in Seattle, Los Angeles and New Orleans (full details below). Check out the tracks Heart Is Black and Try, both featured on the new album. The physical CD and LP of the album are set for a May 13th release in Canada.
While Escondido’s sophomore album retains their southwest fantasia, swirling trumpet, and slow-motion reverb, their approach changed. “Our first record was lightning in a bottle,” says James. “This time around was a hibernation so we could dig into the arrangements and sounds.” The result is a complex landscape ranging from the aggressive noir of Footprints and Heart is Black to the love lost ballad Try. “We weren’t as precious about all the tracks being stylistically cohesive,” says Maros “We just focused on writing good songs that come from an honest place”.
The band’s 2011 inception marked a new chapter for both members. Maros, originally from Vancouver, BC, found success as a jewelry and clothing designer after initially moving to Nashville for music. Her jewelry has been worn by the likes of Prince and Lady Antebellum, her handmade dresses making the red carpet at the Oscars and CMAs. James, a small-town Iowa native, spent a decade on the road as a solo artist before joining Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros as a touring keyboardist in 2010.
Recorded live in a single day, their debut album, The Ghost of Escondido, was self-released in 2013 to critical acclaim. Their David Lynch approved sound became the soundtrack to multiple films and TV shows including HBO’s Girls and Sex Tape and led to appearances on CONAN and ABC’s Nashville. They have shared the stage with the likes of Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow, Wild Cub, and Islands. Stay tuned for Canadian dates to be announced soon.
Walking With A Stranger Tracklisting:
2. Heart Is Black
6. Gambling Man
7. Uh Huh
8. Leaving Brooklyn
9. Moon Child
10. Midnight Train
Upcoming Tour Dates:
3.29 – Denver, CO / Lost Lake Lounge
4.4 – Seattle, WA / Tractor Tavern
4.5 – Portland, OR / Bunk Bar
4.7 – San Francisco, CA / Rickshaw Stop
4.9 – Los Angeles, CA / The Echo
4.10 – San Diego, CA / Casbah
4.12 – Phoenix, AZ / The Rebel Lounge
4.14 – San Antonio, TX / 502 Bar
4.15 – New Orleans, LA / Gasa Gasa
4.22 – Nashville, TN / Mercy Lounge
4.30 – Memphis, TN / Beale Street Music Fest
5.13 – Pioneertown, CA / Pappy & Harriet’s
6.8 – Washington DC / Jammin Java
6.10 – Philadelphia, PA / World Cafe Live Upstairs
6.11 – New York, Ny / Mercury Lounge
6.13 – Portsmouth, NH / 3S Artspace
6.14 – Boston, MA / Great Scott
7.16/17 – Birmingham, AL / Sloss Fest