Tobias Jesso Jr. - "Without You"
The success of Tobias Jesso Jr.'s Goon is, on the surface, a shocking phenomenon. Had we used history as a guide, it would have told us that tender-hearted piano ballads were only successful when accompanied by a bellowing, virtuosic voice. It was a world reserved for Adele, Sam Smith, and Disney soundtracks.
But Jesso's voice only begins to tell the tale: it's part of a larger puzzle that, pieced together, creates Goon. He spins an orchestral cocoon of warm, patient production often centered around the piano and his reedy, purposeful vocals. Nowhere is this more true than "Without You," a deep, epic sigh of a song that recalls Paul McCartney and Dr. Dog in equal measure. Commence the feels.—Graham Corrigan