There have only been a handful of occassions when I find out about an artist that I love them with such immediacy. I get a sense that with one listen, I’ll adore the rest of the tracks that follow. It’s what has been lost in music, that connection that you, as a listener, can feel the weight of the music, because it’s got soul. I get excited because whatever musical authority I have acquired over the years, among friends as well as this growing community on this vast geography of the internet- I get to spread that love in hopes that you’ll feel the way I do.
I feel this way about a new artist called Austin-based artist, Jesse Woods. I recently posted about him for that gorgeous Neon Indian cover and I’d really love to share some more tracks from him. He’s achieved the rare impossibility that a singer/songwriter could standout, and with the simple (and common) format of an acoustic guitar, can transform acoustic songs into something that endures. In him I hear AA Bondy, Bon Iver and Townes Van Zandt. The inflection in his voice is soothing, and thoughtful- with that endearing country-folk infusion when he sings about girls with a banjo and a slow rhythm. He’s got nothing more than a collection of EPs and about a year of playing behind him but his songs are worthy of a lifetime of Southern toil, and heartache. Singing with the soul of an aged man, armed with the lovely sweet voice of a boy. Listen below and you’ll see what I mean.
Jesse Woods- Hounds of Heaven
Jesse Woods- Sparks
Jesse Woods: I Dont Shoot Up