JBM - 'Stray Ashes'

The killer chorus on ‘Thames’ proves Marchant has distinctive pop skills at his disposal

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  • Release Date 15 Jul, 2013
  • Record Label Bella Union
8 / 10
It’s baffling that Canadian singer-songwriter Jesse Marchant chooses to release music under a name that sounds like a Home Counties haulage company. But though there’s little romance in his chosen handle, there’s plenty in his music. JBM’s electronically tempered woodsman folk is a blissfully eerie, emotional punch to the guts. Creating a sound as sensual as it is suffocating, opener ‘Ferry’ sets the weighty tone, and the towering ‘Only Now’ rings with looped keys and faraway beats. The killer chorus on ‘Thames’ proves Marchant has distinctive pop skills at his disposal too.

Leonie Cooper

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