Since we premiered "Great American Novel" last year, singer-songwriter Max Jury has been hard at work completing his debut album. And we for one are hoping he keeps up the delicate and honest charm displayed on low-slung new song "Numb".
With its swaying, sun-drenched Gospel, "Numb" could easily soundtrack the end credits of a boy-loses-girl coming of age flick, set somewhere in the upper midwest, perhaps.
Opening with a piano and humming Gospel chant, Jury wears his Iowa origins proudly on his sleeve in this forlorn number - straightforward in its approach but engrossing as it builds to a cadence. Jury's fragile, effortless voice doesn't so much carry the song as offer sweet and simple melodic flourishes to its hazy, swaggering backing.
Max Jury's eponymous debut album is due for release on 3 June, with "Numb" released on 25 March. He embarks on a European tour in May.