T o b i a s Je sso Jr., mu­si­cian, Van­cou­ver

ELLE Man (Canada) - - CULTURE -

Break­out mu­si­cians over­com­ing great ad­ver­sity be­fore find­ing suc­cess is by no means an un­heard-of oc­cur­rence. But 30-year-old West Coast pi­anist Tobias Jesso Jr.’s week of hapless in­ci­dents—get­ting hit by a car while rid­ing his bike, be­ing dumped by his girl­friend and find­ing out his mother had can­cer—puts all other artis­tic sob sto­ries to shame. In com­pos­ing Goon, his de­but LP of dis­arm­ingly sim­ple pi­ano-driven bal­lads, this friendly gi­ant of pop rock (he’s six feet seven inches tall) tapped into raw emo­tional wounds and a kind of wide-eyed melan­choly. Proof that good guys come out on top? He has been short­listed for the Po­laris Mu­sic Prize and was praised by the likes of Adele and

Haim, and his mom is do­ing bet­ter.

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