The Rosebuds / Jesse Marchant
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Extracting brilliance from easy collaboration is old hat to the Rosebuds, who formed in 2001 and carried out its first live shows as performance-art pieces that turned the stage into a replica of the duo’s own living room. With recent releases including collections of original Christmas and Halloween songs and a record of Sade covers, the Rosebuds’s catalog reveals the restlessness of creative appetites, shifting from the acoustic balladry of 2005’s Birds Make Good Neighbors to the dark synth-pop of 2007’s Night of the Furies to the dreamy indie-rock of 2011’s Loud Planes Fly Low. But despite the anything-goes approach, the Rosebuds invariably stay true to a melody-centric musicality driven by a singular chemistry, delicately crafted songwriting, and untamable excitement about the possibilities in making art.
Watch a music video for the Rosebuds’s “Whisper” here:
With his debut album Not Even In July released on Partisan Records in 2010, Jesse Marchant was a quiet surprise. The exquisitely crafted, timelessly warm, and deeply human album was recorded by Henry Hirsch in his 19th century church studio in Hudson, New York, produced by Marchant, and praised for its sparse yet rich and complete sound, as well as for the maturity and candor in Marchant’s performance and storytelling. Spreading by word of mouth, Marchant soon gained the passionate support of NPR, Paste, Filter, and more, which led to opening gigs and tours with artists such as St. Vincent, A.A. Bondy, Sondre Lerche, and Nathaniel Rateliff. While his debut was written partly from within the despair of his time living in Los Angeles, followed by a long period of seclusion in the Adirondacks, his follow-up was the result of an even more intense withdrawal, written and recorded in a studio that Marchant set up in a rented house in upstate New York, where he played most of the instruments himself and handled all of the recording duties.
Watch a music video for Jesse Marchant's "Only Now" here: