Tobias Jesso Jr. Asks, 'How Could You Babe'

Written By Bianca on 01/22/2015

"How Could You Babe", Tobias Jesso Jr. croons over and over, atop an equally emphatic piano melody. Centred around the protagonist's broken heart, the ballad is earnest and passionate and will have you singing at the top of your lungs while driving tearfully down memory lane. With a '70s soft rock vibe, the Vancouver singer has been compared to the likes of classic rock legends Harry Nilson and Randy Newman, two artists whom he never listened to until now. Instead, in a recent interview, he has disclosed his past influences include the Fugees and Aretha Franklin, as well as "all the other radio hits of the time", with his favourite song being Tracy Chapman's Give Me One Reason. "I remember going to listen to it in the vegetable section at the grocery store because they played it all the time and I didn't have it on tape until I got lucky one day and snagged it off the radio."

Listed as an Artist to Watch in 2015 by the likes of Fader, Pitchfork, Time, Stereogum and-ahem-yours truly, Tobias Jesso Jr. is not to be ignored. He's even received the glorious Adele stamp of approval:

Listen and weep.