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Video of the Moment #2152: Max Jury

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd August 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Iowa-born singer/songwriter Max Jury released his self-titled debut album in June. It’s available now from Marathon Artists. You can read my review of the fabulous long player through this link. The newest single to be taken from the new record is ‘Love That Grows Old’, what I consider the release’s standout. It’s a beautiful declaration of waiting for the right love to come along and not to ever, ever settle. Watch the promo video for ‘Love That Grows Old’ below. The song will be released as a single this Friday, the 5th of August. For much more on Max Jury on TGTF, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvkARyxRnDc[/youtube]

 

Album Review: Max Jury – Max Jury

 
By on Tuesday, 31st May 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

Max Jury album coverLast month over some late night beers, I had an interesting conversation with friends in bands about making music. They were telling me how important it was for them to break boundaries. It occurred to me in that moment why I have such an aversion to most music by the average solo singer/songwriter who plays a guitar. While they have been few and far between, there have been a few such acts that have stirred something deep inside me by being and doing slightly different – Stornoway come to mind immediately – and then there are others who have been gifted with bucketloads of talent and a rich wealth of experience to draw from, and it just works. Max Jury falls in the latter category and while he might be young – he’s only 23 – I’ll explain why I think his eponymous debut album out at the end of this week deserves your swift attention.

Although the Iowan singer/songwriter – who also plays piano in addition to guitar, thank you very much – has decamped to London for the foreseeable future, ‘Max Jury’ was actually recorded in New York and North Carolina. Intriguingly for this release, he worked with hip hop producer Inflo, who was behind The Kooks’ less-than-successful return in 2014 and foray into r&b. Presumably Inflo’s influence was to inject a gospel vibe into the project. And it’s a vibe that’s been nicely reined in without detracting from Jury’s art and in such a way he himself was pleased with, as you can see in the video below. The clinging emotion of longing on ‘Numb’, Jury’s debut single, opens this LP and incidentally also opens the soundtrack to this summer’s likely romance film blockbuster Me Before You.

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/149772154[/vimeo]

The songs of Jury’s debut album has touches of disparate genres of country, soul and rock ‘n’ roll, yet his smoky voice ties everything together, adding incredible colour to this release. As you listen to him sing of the most personal stories from his life, it feels like you’re being given insight into the experiences of a wise old soul. In a recent interview with Mojo, he admitted that depression stymied him at an early age and that songwriting is an effective way for him to express his melancholy. Through his art, Jury explores the gloom and doom of painful heartbreak in contrasting ways, both winning and incredibly effective. The deceptively upbeat ‘70s rock nature of ‘Beg & Crawl’ (video here) belies the anxiety of a love gone wrong, and its lyrics betray its true nature as a poison pen letter to a careless paramour: “it’s not romantic / to take this for granted”. In ‘Great American Novel’, Jury chooses a dirge-like pace for his recollections on regret.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfN4aD5GHok[/youtube]

‘Standing on My Own’ splits the difference in tempo, with brief experimentation with falsetto and with a theme revisited on ‘Little Jean Jacket’. The b-side to ‘Numb’ sees the songwriter pull himself up by his bootstraps up and announce his independence from a toxic partner: “get your money and get your kicks somewhere else / and when I see you on the avenue, I’ll be standing on my own.” The falsetto returns on ‘Grace’, during which both a warbling guitar and a backing choir take a backseat to Jury’s emphatic vocals, insistent that he’s “stuck in a world that doesn’t care for me” and “you and I both know it’s not that easy”. Something tells me Max Jury isn’t soon going to romanticise love through rose-colored glasses. It’s this emotional realism – a realism that rings true in the face of the faux feelings of pop music today – that makes this musician’s songs such showpieces.

Album standout ‘Love That Grows Old’ is a great example of what Jury does best. His voice follows the melody with the nimbleness of a ballet dancer, the lyrics expressing the deep-seated desire to wait for however long it takes for the right woman. He acknowledges that real love doesn’t come without a struggle and that he has to find his own way to romance. With tasteful, well-appointed strings adding a further richness, it’s a knockout on all levels. Conversely, far less successful is the diverting ‘Ella’s Moonshine’. While conceived as a sweet ode to a Southern friend, the effects put on the tune to ‘age’ the recording, in addition to the giggle-inducing, low tone backing vocals, feel like major missteps.

If you’re going to be a singer/songwriter in the always crowded field of hopefuls in this genre, you better be equipped with some mad skills. Even though he hasn’t even reached the age of 25 yet, it’s not a guess but a foregone conclusion that Max Jury’s rich voice and deft handle on classic songwriting will serve him well and into a long, fruitful career.

8.5/10

Max Jury’s self-titled album will be released this Friday, the 3rd of June on Marathon Artists. To explore more of TGTF’s coverage of Jury’s music, head this way.

 

Video of the Moment #2097: Max Jury

 
By on Monday, 23rd May 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Not long now until Iowan singer/songwriter Max Jury‘s debut album is released to the wild. The Des Moines musician previously unveiled LP track ‘Beg & Crawl’, and now the single has its own promo. The song itself seems to be an instruction manual to coming to the painful acceptance of heartbreak, as Steven writes in his review of it. In the video for ‘Beg & Crawl’, a fictitious relationship between the American Jury and a British girl is chronicled over the brief time span of less than 4 minutes, yet you can sense the highs and lows of such a connection. Watch the video below.

‘Max Jury’, the debut album from the young songwriter, will be out on the 3rd of June on Marathon Artists. Jury begins a short tour in his adopted homeland on Wednesday the 25th of May in Bristol; the tour includes a headline show at the famed 100 Club in London on the 26th. Coverage of Max Jury on TGTF is all here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQfSX_a2XS0[/youtube]

 

Single Review: Max Jury – Beg & Crawl

 
By on Friday, 13th May 2016 at 1:00 pm
 

A relatively new name, Max Jury is someone who should definitely be on your radar. With songs that are beautiful in every way, from the lyricism to the sullen musical scene he creates for his words, Jury is a raw talent. Having previously released a solid collection of singles, including the stunning ode to love ‘Great American Novel’, he’s now in the process of releasing his debut album, starting with new single ‘Beg & Crawl’.

‘Beg & Crawl’ is another forlorn song that breaks down exactly the moment you realise your love is doomed and pairs it with a soundtrack that is realising in the sense of not being overtly melancholic, yet not particularly filled with happiness. It’s in a state of acceptance. With an Americana-based sound that has slight piano fills and the occasional guitar riff that cuts through the body of the song, it’s the chorus where it really comes into its own. The melody and vocals are soothing and velvety, imposing themselves into your mind with no relenting. “It doesn’t matter what I say, even if I beg and crawl…” leads us into the aforementioned chorus, and the lyrical side to what comes out of Jury is pure, unadulterated heartbreak.

What’s not happening with this song, or with Jury’s sound overall, is a clear attempt at reinventing the wheel, and quite rightly. Jury is using music as a platform to convey whatever feelings or emotions he is feeling. And that so happens to come out in the form of soft Americana or acoustic based ballads as per his last string of singles.

Going from strength to strength, there’s no reason Jury can’t become a major player. He has the right amount of approachability which is definitely founded in his heart-exposing lyrics. At times he can almost come across with a Lana Del Rey-esque vulnerability that is really just a deep set desire to be the central character in whatever scene he sets.

9/10

Max Jury’s self-titled debut album is due out on the 3rd of June on London indie label Marathon Artists. Our previous coverage of Max Jury, including a list of his upcoming UK tour dates, is all gathered here.

 

Max Jury / May 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 28th April 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Des Moines born Max Jury has scheduled a handful of live dates in the UK for late May. The 23-year-old Midwest singer/songwriter is gearing up to release his debut album on the 3rd of June on Marathon Records. He’s spent the last 2 years living mostly in his adoptive home of London, and now he’s ready to road-test his new material, including recent single ‘Numb’. Tickets to the following shows are on sale now. Below the dates, you can stream another single from his self-titled new album, ‘Beg & Crawl’.

Wednesday 25th May 2016 – Bristol Louisiana
Thursday 26th May 2016 – London 100 Club
Friday 27th May 2016 – Nottingham Bodega
Sunday 29th May 2016 – Manchester Gullivers
Monday 30th May 2016 – Glasgow Hug and Pint

 

Live Gig Video: Max Jury and band perform single ‘Numb’ from upcoming debut album

 
By on Thursday, 10th March 2016 at 2:00 pm
 

Des Moines, Iowa singer/songwriter Max Jury has some very exciting news. The Midwesterner will be releasing his self-titled debut album on the 3rd of June through Marathon Artists, and he’s revealed the single from the upcoming long player. ‘Numb’ has a soulful edge: Jury’s own smoky vocals and burnished piano notes are further bolstered by the addition of two backing singers in this live presentation. This video recorded in the studio with 16 mm film to add a sense of intimacy and honesty otherwise lost in slicker productions. Have a watch and listen to this impressive live version of ‘Numb’ below.

Last summer I reviewed Max Jury’s then new single ‘Great American Novel’; you can read my thoughts back here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNznPGirzfg[/youtube]

 
 
 

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