Jayson here with local duo Escondido as my DJ pick of the week. Tyler James, one half of the duo, was hanging out and Live On The Green this week, and I told him I couldn’t stop listening to their new single “Crush On Her.”
Escondido is Jessica Maros and Tyler James. Both long time Nashville singer-songwriters, the two met in 2011 during a late night session at James’ home studio and bonded over shared love of Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western soundtracks.
They recorded their debut album, The Ghost of Escondido, in a single day and released it on their own label, Kill Canyon, in 2013 to critical acclaim. “We wanted it to be like Clint Eastwood playing pop songs at one of the honky-tonks downtown,” James mused. The duo’s David Lynch approved sound became the soundtrack to multiple films and TV shows including HBO’s Girls and led to appearances on CONAN and ABC’s Nashville.
The band toured extensively with the likes of Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow, and The Staves before releasing their sophomore album, Walking With A Stranger, in 2016. Following their first national headlining tours, Maros relocated to Los Angeles where the pair recently recorded their third album Warning Bells with producer Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Kurl Vile, Beck). “Crush On Her” is the latest single off the forthcoming album Warning Bells out Sept. 14. Give it a listen and let us know what you think!