Nashville artist JMR will release sophomore EP “Boyish” tomorrow (5/26). The magnetic and stirring “June Carter” is the EP’s second stream and we’re especially digging the track’s impeccable melodic writing.
We’re very pleased at B3 to premiere “Sandcastle State of Mind”, the latest track from Brooklyn-based artist Peter Wise. We love love love this song melodically. There are many special turns of melody throughout the track but are our favorite is that bit at 1:55 where the main vocal goes into falsetto and the key changes – just supreme. About the song, Wise says, “‘Sandcastle State Of Mind’ is an introspective song about the battle between self versus society: a frustration in the dichotomy between the founding principles one was built on versus the principles that seem to govern the culture at large. I’ve always enjoyed those songs that seem catchy and carefree on the surface but are really saying something when you dig into the lyrics, so I wanted to create something that can be a summer anthem of sorts with a darker underbelly.” We hope you dig “Sandcastle State of Mind” as much as we do! Stream the B3 premiere below.
“Which Way Is South” is the debut track online for the LA/NYC duo of Aaron Mendelssohn and Ariel Loh a/k/a Drinker. The minimal, transportative “Which Way Is South” (as well as a forthcoming EP) is the result of a two month collaboration between composer Loh (who recently scored Sundance film The Eyes Of My Mother) and songwriter Mendelssohn (formerly of Brooklyn band The Yes Way). “Which Way Is South” is the first stream from Drinker’s “Happy Accident” EP which is coming soon from Dollar Slice Records. Stream the B3SCI Premiere of “Which Way Is South” below and if you’re in L.A. you can catch Drinker at Hotel Cafe on May 10th.
Marathon will release a new double EP on May 12 from Aussie in Oakland, CA Hazel English. The 2x EP will feature a new set of songs in the “Just Give In” EP (from which the sunny and cool “More Like You” is excerpted) and her debut EP from last year “Never Going Home”. Stream B3-approved “More Like You” below
“Good Love” new from Leeds UK songwriter Dom Robinson is an exquisite bit of songwriting. Taking on a haunting, poignant character with it’s spare instrumentation and whirl of vocal multi-tracks, “Good Love” hits a number of quite moving moments on its way to a very impressive overall listen. Spin “Good Love” below.
Basin Rock will release Julie Byrne’s Not Even Happiness LP on Friday (Jan 13). “I Live Now As a Singer”, ostensibly the LP’s final preview stream, has a cinematic, quietly towering, hymnal quality to it that stopped us straight away. The track moves sort of like a processional inside a kind of far-off dream patiently ebbing about it’s 4:04 duration with a cool tranquil beauty. Stream “I Live Now As a Singer” below.