Music Mondays: Escondido


Escondido’s 10-track debut album, The Ghost of Escondido, was recorded live all in one day. Jessica Maros and Tyler James had one rehearsal with a backing band and then produced the record the very next day. “We wanted it to be like Clint Eastwood playing pop songs at one of the honky-tonks downtown,” Tyler explained on the duo’s site. “But we’ve been told it sounds like desert sex.” The band’s video for “Black Roses” reinforces that gritty ideal as it unfolds like a spaghetti western mixed with a touch of peculiarity in the style of David Lynch.

Jessica and Tyler met in Nashville while Tyler was recording a mutual friend in his home studio. Jessica got his attention when she began quietly playing the song “Rodeo Queen” on the couch, so he recorded her impromptu performance and added a little groove. The pair checked out the track later that night and decided to record an album together. Both artists had experienced some success with other endeavors. Jessica, originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, fashioned clothing and jewelry while working on her music. Prince and Lady Antebellum wore her jewelry and some of her dresses even made their way to the red carpet at the Oscars and the Country Music Association Awards. James grew up in Iowa and worked as a solo artist along with performing as a member of the band Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. After agreeing to put an album together, the band spent two months crafting material before recording the songs on October 17, 2011 at Nashville’s The Casino. The Ghost of Escondido was released in February and the band has appeared on Conan as well as received major attention from both country and pop radio. Escondido’s ’70s-influenced country/pop sound has us excited and if this music video is a prelude of things to come, we’re definitely longing for the next out-of-the-box, hybrid take on one of their enchanting songs.

Watch Escondido’s video for “Black Roses” below before heading over to I AM THAT GIRL’s YouTube channel. While you’re there, don’t forget to tune into our Music Mondays playlist, which is updated every week.

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