October 27, 2010 was my first exposure to singer Jesse Marchant who goes by the name JBM. The moment he started singing, I loved what I heard instantly. Fans of Swedish singer Jose Gonzalez will love JBM. His voice is so beautiful and it sounds like multiple people are singing at yet, everything you hear is all JBM. I went out and got JBM’s album “Not Even In July” and it’s just as great as his live performance was. It’s great music to listen to when you are looking for something nice and smooth to chill to, it’s perfect for those contemplative moments in your life, and I can only imagine how many babies will be conceived while listening to JBM’s music. I definitely encourage you to check out his music because if any of these descriptions are your thing, you will love JBM. Here’s a video of him performing “Going Back Home” at Mercury Lounge in New York on October 27, 2010. Enjoy!
Singer Jesse Marchant (aka JBM) opened for Keane side project Mt. Desolation on October 27, 2010 in New York at Mercury Lounge. As soon as he opened his mouth to sing for the first time, I was in love! His voice is angelic and I immediately thought of Jose Gonzalez. When I got home and did a little research on JBM, I noticed that every article mentions Jose Gonzalez. That’s fine! There’s room enough in the universe for both singers. Like Jose Gonzalez, JBM has a voice that sounds like multiple people are singing a wall of sound and yet, the sounds you hear are merely his heavenly voice. During his 30 minute set, JBM played acoustic guitar, harmonica and the drums. I really recommend you check out his album “Not Even In July.” You can read more about JBM here and here. I am so happy to have discovered his music and I hope you will be too. A live video of “Cleo’s Song” is coming soon, so stick around for that!
On October 27, 2010, the alt-country-rock band Mt. Desolation played its first ever headlining show in New York. Mt. Desolation is the side-project of Jesse Quin and Tim Rice-Oxley who are members of the band Keane. Considering that Keane sell out large venues across the globe, Jesse Quin and Tim Rice-Oxley were so excited to be playing for us in a very intimate setting and it showed. They were so happy to be playing these songs for us and the crowd returned the love. Their self-titled album “Mt. Desolation” was only released in the US a week ago, and I saw so many people singing along to nearly every song.
The night began with a really great set by singer Jesse Marchant (aka JBM). More to come (including video) on Jesse Marchant – you won’t want to miss it! There were a lot of Keane fans in the crowd and it was so cute seeing their enthusiasm. Mt. Desolation hit the stage just around 8 pm and they killed it (in a great way). Some tracks were very slow and mellow and tracks like “Platform 7” were rockin’! Speaking of “Platform 7,” stay tuned for a video of that song. Coming soon. I met Jesse Quin before the show and Tim Rice-Oxley literally as he walked off the stage and pictures of that encounter are forthcoming as well. If you like Stornoway, who I saw earlier this year at the same venue and loved, you’ll definitely like Mt. Desolation.
See more pictures and the set list after the jump.