Out Magazine threw us a gigantic bone, streaming Jesse Hale Moore’s debut record Green End a full week before its released. Moore’s singer-songwriter chops are on full throttle here, bringing Sam Smith-like soul to the American east coast.
Produced by Moore himself, his style and voice run parallel to the breathy Caucasians who dominate the Top 40, but somehow add a lick of American swagger to the Britian-dominated sound. The Rhode Island-born, Philly-based musician wanted this record to “aim for a sound that stands the test of time,” and these deep ballads do just what he’s asking, accomplished through radio-friendly sounds mixed with personal stories of losses in family, love, and life. While the piano is plenty and strings wrench hearts, tracks like “Leave You Lonely” and the opener “Calling You Out” stretch Moore’s vocals to the upper registry, marking a true cry of pain while still screaming a subtle “go to hell” through the tears.
However, the true talent lies within Moore’s ability to pen sharp, sharp pop tunes with an overarching universality that will allow any walk of life to attach some sort of meaning. Although songs like “Delaware” and the title-track reference Moore’s changing life, it’s somber attitude will easily hit home. So, keep an eye on this long-haired Philly boy, you know, before he goes on tour with Ed Sheeran.
Listen to the record over on Out Magazine’s website, and if you like what you hear, hang with Moore as he plays at Johnny Brenda’s on April 8th; tickets and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.
Jesse Hale Moore, Out Magazine