Southern California duo Nathan & Jessie possess a distinct worldview – one heavily influenced by their wide-ranging travels and the idea that music doesn’t have to follow prescribed guidelines or adhere to certain rhythmic specificities for its emotional weight to knock the breath from your lungs. Singing fluently in 3 languages, they create and wield a mesmerizing blend of gypsy folk, jazz and blues aesthetics, opting to explore and adapt a multitude of musical influences in their search for earnest connections and experiences with their audiences.
From dive bars in California to rowdy stages in New Orleans and subways in New York City (and other places all over the globe), they’ve developed a sound which is built from a compendium of inspirations and is conversant and always welcoming. They released their debut record, “That’ll Never Be Me,” in 2018 and are currently gearing up for their new album, “You’re the Star,” which is set to come out May 17. Mostly constructed from late night sessions while on tour, it became a way for them to comfort each other while dealing with long drives and tired bodies.
On the title track from their forthcoming record, Nathan & Jessie wander through a distinctly Parisian environment, an openhearted space filled with blissful accordion, clean guitar rhythms and gorgeous harmonies which sashay through a loping percussive shuffle. Intimate and drawn from deep within their collective affections, the song is a warm and inviting balance of honest sentiment and emotional resonance. It feels like it was pulled from a dream, and not just any dream – the kind of dream where you’re not sure if you’re still asleep or awake but which feels completely real in that moment.