Escondido: Black Roses
I've been spending a lot of time in the high desert recently, it's a strange and beautiful place. Mind-numbing in the daytime, magical at sunset, and never-ending at night. It's not hard to get lost in yourself out there, and I've found the best soundtrack to describe this feeling is the debut album from Nashville band Escondido - 'The Ghost of Escondido'.
Rather fittingly, i rode along past Oceanside and the coast yesterday, not far from the city of Escondido. As a non-Californian, I'd only ever heard of this place from Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale's 2006 album 'The Road to Escondido'. I wonder if this album or the city itself were the inspiration for this new desert rock soundtrack from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros member Tyler James, and clothing designer/stylist Jessica Maros?
Have a watch of this beautifully hazy video for 'Black Roses'. Shot in the Palm Desert, it's the perfect soundtrack to a steaming hot day when all you want to do is sit in the shade with your feet in a cool oasis. These guys are a band to watch, they recorded the album live in one day, which gives it that soulful, unpolished sound, as if it all just came completely naturally. You can hear the Edward Sharpe influence, and Maros's voice is similar to sister duo First Aid Kit, or some of The Pierces slower songs. The video itself is reminiscent of Neil Krug's psychedelic 70s style that these bands have also used to transport us back to an era when everything was slower and more colourful.
If that wasn't enough, they also have a song called Willow Tree, i think it's fair to say we're on the same page here.