This is a pretty darn beautiful into to the multitude of talents of Iowa’s Max Jury – that’s if you’ve not already caught the 23 year old Des Moines native supporting Lana Del Rey and Rufus Wainwright, heard him on the wireless or read about him in Clash or Mojo. So yes, I’m behind the times but, as I said, this couldn’t be a finer introduction.
Taken from his upcoming self-titled debut album, out 3 June via Marathon Artists, Max’s latest single Numb receive its premiere on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show earlier this week and it’s one of those songs that you can instantly fall in love with.
As talented a musician as he is a singer-songwriter, Numb is an emotive confessional about a longing for escape that’s paired with a beautiful piano-driven melody, and backed by steady percussion beats and gorgeous gospel BVs. There’s a lo-fi, relaxed and wholeful organic appeal to this guy’s style which lends itself to his melée of musical influences that stem from modern soul to country and are even steeped in Laurel Canyon-era Americana.
“Soul music and country might seem like different genres but strip the arrangements away and you find the same kind of songs and situations, dealing with matters of the heart,” Max says and it’s this fusion of genres that has also garnered praise from folk like Mark Ronson (“I can listen to his album on repeat“).
The album was recorded between New York and North Carolina with a team who have previously worked with D’Angelo and Alicia Keys, and a musical director of a small church. It is available to preorder now (iTunes link here) and you can scroll down to the foot of this post for the full track listing.
Numb impacts on 25 March and keep your ears peeled for upcoming UK tour dates.
Max Jury track listing:
2. Standing On My Own
4. Beg & Crawl
5. My Little Princess
6. Ella’s Moonshine
7. Great American Novel
8. Love That Grows Old
10. Little Jean Jacket