JBM, also known as Jesse Marchant, is a Canadian singer songwriter who plays acoustic guitar and sings about subjects including “personal experience and the familiarity with loss,” according to Glide Magazine. His music has been compared to “Bread meets America”. In 2011, he signed a recording contract with Brooklyn-based Partisan Records. Beginnings: Marchant was born in Montreal. He was classically trained in guitar from the age of seven. According to one account, as a young man Marchant lived in his family’s home in the Adirondack Mountains for three years, living mostly in seclusion, to realize songs that he had written earlier in Los Angeles. In 2008, he recorded songs in a church studio in Hudson, New York. Vocals were recorded in such a way as to give a “reverb-washed” sound, according to critic Brittney McKenna. In an interview he emphasized the importance of songs that must “sit right” with him and feel that they “belong together” with consistent “textural elements and colors” before being recorded: ” When it is right, it’s right. — Jesse Marchant, 2010, in Zaptown Magazine ” Marchant has toured with Nathaniel Rateliff, Rogue Wave, Avi Buffalo, and Sondre Lerche. He shared the stage with other singer-songwriters such as St. Vincent, Elvis Perkins, and Swedish singer The Tallest Man on Earth. His sound has been compared to that of Jim James,Justin Vernon,Buddy Guy,Nick Drake,Neil Young, and M. Ward. In 2011, he lives in Brooklyn and Los Angeles and in New York State near the Canadian border in Lake Clear. Reviews: Music critic Nick Gunther described JBM’s music as instilling a “unique depth of emotion and feeling.” Brittney McKenna in American Songwriter wrote that there was a “level of peace and of stillness unique to a church” in Marchant’s debut album and that his music “feels like one man’s soft, musical prayer for hope in a world that too often has too little,” and she compared his style to Thom Yorke and Neil Young. JBM’s song “Ambitions & War” was described as a “honey-of-a-song” in Future Sounds magazine, with lyrics about a person who is losing their mind in Los Angeles.Clubdistrict.com described the album as “exquisitely crafted” which feels “as weathered and wise as an old home” and which is a “mostly acoustic venture” with “atmospheric arrangements, lyrical purity and unaffected baritone.” Mikela Floyd in Filter Magazine described the debut album as “heartfelt compositions” reflecting “a meticulous and carefully crafted sound” from a “handcrafted talent.” Steven Mansmith in Slowcoustic described the album as “a fantastic album” of 2010 and noted that the video by Brody Baker accompanying JBM’s song Not Even in July, with “images of strewn lawn chairs, sunsets and searching through a dark forest” was a “great video for a great song.”


Review Of ” Stray Ashes” By JBM

Things get off to a haunted start – a repetition of a quietly hammered-on guitar riff, the almost-implied drums tensely contributing to the tension. JBM’s sophomore record begins with a song called “Ferry”, which to my mind can only trigger images of movement, traveling, leaving. The introduction says goodbye. “Only Now”, the record’s second song, realizes the implications of what saying goodbye really meant. The pain is real now, and there’s no turning back. The dark piano chords signify that painful familiarity, the regret.

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