Other Lives’ frontman Jesse Tabish is gearing up to release his debut solo album, Cowboy Ballads Part 1, due 21st October.
Previous singles “Castro”, “Da Da” and “Keep You Right” have already been released, and now Jesse shares fourth outing “Price In Full”.
“This tune was inspired by the play The Price by Arthur Miller,” Jesse shares. “I was lucky enough to write the score for this play on Broadway a few years back and it came about in the midst of writing. It explores the idea of how possessions, money and property effect family dynamics.”
The frontman and creative lynchpin of Oklahoma’s Other Lives, Jesse and his chief collaborator Kim Tabish (also his wife and fellow band member) used their time during lockdown to fashion a glorious record, as epic as it is intimate, distinguished by the same sweeping, cinematic arrangements and haunting, wistful melodies that typify the band’s catalogue, but with a rawer edge that reflects its home-made origins.
Scaling back had already been Jesse’s modus operandi since eschewing the computers and electronics that shaped Other Lives’ third album Rituals, for writing on guitar and piano again, “to be more physical and primal with the music,” says Jesse. Cowboy Ballads Part 1 doubles down on that sense of immediacy. His seemingly intuitive ability to convey the huge skies and endless horizons of Oklahoma’s prairie vistas were arguably fired up even more when, after living in Oregon for ten years, Jesse and Kim moved back to his home state in the summer of 2021, at which point Cowboy Ballads Part 1 truly gelled.
“I never felt a deep connection to Oregon as I do Oklahoma,” says Jesse. “It’s changed so much since I left, which I’m addressing on this record. It also changed the songwriting, it brought it took it to an even more intimate place.”
“I’ve always had an affinity for old Westerns,” says Jesse. “The album isn’t necessarily ‘western’ sounding; it’s more that, if I name something immediately, it sticks for me, so the album title stayed Cowboy Ballads.”