Escondido is Nashville-based artists Jessica Maros and Tyler James. The two released their first album, The Ghost of Escondido, in February 2013. The album, which has been described as “a washed out desert landscape steeped in American roots music,” has received rave reviews.
Escondido’s songs range from the Tom Petty/Fleetwood Mac influenced pop numbers Cold October and Bad Without You, to the lovelorn country ballads Special Enoughand Willow Tree. “The record was an outlet for me,” says Maros. “Each song brings back where I was, what I drank when I was writing them. It was a dark time and this album got me through it.” The band’s heavy sentiment is balanced out by the playful twang of songs like Don’t Love Me Too Much and the Keep Walkin’. “Music helps us forget the very conflict it grows out of,” says James. “But my favorite songs embrace that dissonance.”