Those of you who have been following my posts on This Bonus Track most likely know by now that I am a huge fan of the singer-songwriter genre. I can’t help but admire the pure and natural talent of so many of these artists, and I am constantly drawn to the soothing melodies that a number of them provide. When I came across the work of Jesse Marchant, a singer-songwriter who goes by the stage name JBM, my reaction was no different… I was instantly hooked on his sound and was reminded of all of the reasons why I fell in love with this genre in the first place.
A Canadian artist native to Montreal, JBM’s style has often been compared to the work of M. Ward, Nick Drake, and even Bon Iver’s frontman Justin Vernon. His debut album “Not Even in July” was released in 2010, and its success allowed JBM to perform alongside some of my favorite artists The Tallest Man on Earth and St. Vincent. Although the entire album deserves praise, some of best tracks include “Ambitions and War“, “Red October,” and “In A Different Time” (a song which is made even more amazing by the hauntingly beautiful music video shot by the talented Brody Baker).
JBM – Ambitions and War
JBM – Red October
JBM – In A Different Time – Music Video
On Tuesday, JBM released his much anticipated second album titled “Stray Ashes,” and even though I have yet to hear it in its entirety, a number of the songs have already caught my attention. Entirely similar in style to his original release, “Stray Ashes” is sure to please even the most dedicated JBM fan.
JBM – Winter Ghosts
JBM – Only Now
JBM – Ferry – Video