This is Jesse Marchant, formerly known as JBM, a New York-via-Montreal singer-songwriter with a vulnerable baritone.
His self-titled third album, released in September, is an understated indie-folk epic, calling to mind My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, and Bruce Springsteen at his world-weariest.
Using the album as a jumping-off point, Marchant recruited old friends Amanda Seyfried and Girls star Christopher Abbott for an ambitious music video trilogy.
Directed by Houmam, Part 1 of the trilogy, "Words Underlined" premiering here on BuzzFeed Music, features the two stars casting far-off glances in a somber desert town. Sly cinematography coyly obscures whether the protagonists ever occupy the same time and space.
Marchant, who plays a mysterious, guitar-toting troubador in a brief cameo, said the video was shot over a long weekend in 29 Palms, California.
Watch the full, haunting video for "Words Underlined" below and download Jesse Marchant's album here. Part 2 and 3 of the trilogy coming soon.