Up and coming music blog New Interstice recently released an article and video on Escondido that is too good not to share.
Escondido is Nashville, TN based artists Jessica Maros and Tyler James. 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 desert rock was described by Vogue as “One of the rare alt-country crossover acts with highbrow cred” and led to appearances on Conan and ABC’s “Nashville.” Following the release, the band toured North America and Europe with the likes of Lord Huron and Wild Cub while spending their down time composing music for TV & Film. Most recently, they wrote a song with Lena Dunham for characters Marnie & Desi in the upcoming season of HBO’s “Girls.” The duo recently completed their follow-up album, Walking With A Stranger.
The pair met while James was recording their mutual friend at his home studio. “Jess was quietly strumming this song Rodeo Queen on the couch while everyone else was making drinks in the kitchen. I pushed record and added a little groove before folks got back in the room. Later that night we listened to it and both said ‘You wanna make a record?’” They spent the next two months crafting the songs and bonding over a shared love of spaghetti westerns and songwriters from the 70’s. “We’d put on Ennio Morricone every morning,” says Maros. “It’s an easy process when you both love the same stuff.”
It was a pleasure speaking with Jewel whose beauty resonates from the inside out. Her recently penned memoir Never Broken is candid and so graciously offers up the idea that choosing, thinking and being happy is a reality for us all. Accompanying the book is her latest album Picking Up the Pieces that takes you on a journey that blends the thoughts and soul of a young girl with the Jewel of present day. – Fresh Independence
Tell us about your memoir Never Broken…
I’ve often been asked in my life how I went from an abusive background, to moving out at 15, to being homeless, to turning things around. So I set out to talk about those things and answer that question. I knew at 15 when I moved out that girls like me end up becoming a statistic. That statistically a girl like me ends up in an abusive relationship, or on drugs, or in a ditch or on a pole – one of those things. I wanted to beat those odds. I had read a lot of philosophy and I read a lot of nature vs. nurture and I wanted to see if I could re nurture myself if I did not like the nurturing that I had received in my home. So I started on a scientific discovery to see if I could learn happiness if it wasn’t taught in my household. I studied nature and read a lot and I learned a lot and I think the most surprising thing for me in the book to express and talk about, was how being diligent and focused helped me a lot. But I didn’t avoid all the pain that I hoped to. I learned that you can’t avoid pain in life and the thing that kept me safe in life was not avoiding pain, but actually how I handled pain and how I transmuted pain and how it kept me resilient and undamaged from the amount of trauma that I went through in my life. There are very specific things that helped me and I talk about them in case they can help someone else. I wanted to be honest and transparent in the writing so that people could understand and feel what it meant to heal from it, and that it is possible.
You story is a soul filled with character – do you feel you were born with tools already or was it something you had to learn…
We first saw Rayland Baxter when he opened for Shakey Graves in Vancouver last year where he set the room on fire with a heartfelt passion and sincerity that resonated through his set. Doing what he loves and always searching for more as he digs deep down to find life’s answers in his music. Rayland Baxter offers his latest album Imaginary Man that will touch you in all the right places and keep you coming back for more. – Fresh Independence
Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours.
– i have no home actuaLLy… i have aLL of my beLongings in a storage unit… aLthough nashviLLe is home aLways… it’s a very speciaL place and i have many great friends here that are doing great things with their Lives… it’s pleasant to be surrounded by the amazing creation that is happening in nashviLLe… it’s unLike any pLace in the worLd.
How did music find you and begin to grow within?
– i moved to israeL when i was 25 and Lived there for a few months… during my first trip out there i started writing songs and since then i have become slightLy obsessed with it aLL. i have returned to israeL a few times since then because one of my mentors Lives there. i have aLot to learn from him so i go back whenever i can to visit.