Needle Drop: Max Jury, “Numb”

Des Moines musician Max Jury has given us “Numb,” a one-song preview from his self-titled album. It’s a warm track that gleams bright riffs and gospel echoes—providing the perfect escape from the cold winter. The full album is out this June, but until then, “Numb” will certainly suffice. During the wait, Jury plans to take his Midwestern spirit across the pond, embarking on a European tour that covers London and Bristol among other cities this May.

On the surface, Jury’s style seems undeniably American—big chords, a room-filling sound, and an open road on the album cover—however, a closer listen reveals underlying licks that seem to have a slight mod influence. It’s carefully crafted, revealing new timbres with every listen.

“Numb” opens on slow ascending background vocals, full chords on the piano, and a fervent crackle. Jury soon enters, singing in a longing tone. At the one-minute mark, the drums and bass fill in and an early guitar solo shatters the song’s somber start. This lively crescendo continues and Jury’s lyrics begin to rhyme effortlessly. By the end, the song has turned into an alluring synthesis of slick arpeggios, a strong bass-line, and electric vocals. It’s a track that’ll do well on repeat until June.

Pre-order Max Jury now via Marathon Artists.

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