How can one pin down a sound, and seek out the melodies within it? JMR asks himself these questions. His sophomore EP, Boyish, with dealt with themes of childhood and abandonment, has been out for about a month, and the rising musician has continued to gain traction. With his soothing, ethereal sound, the dream pop that he crafts is as chic as it is evocative.
Popdust sat down with JMR to talk about his future career, his sound, and his favorite songs on the record.
It's been good!
I've grown up quite a bit. My writing has matured. I see boyish as a bridge from being a boy to becoming a man.
Probably Harbinger as it was the most recently written. It was powerful for me to sing about depression even in such an abstract way.
The song is a playful narrative about my departure from my former label. I kind of wanted to erase the major label stigma before I started something new.
I just want to always explore sounds and not be confined by a genre. I have always loved soulful and gospel singing and I find it hard for my voice to stray far from those roots.
When I'm finding sounds or creating a choir of layers with my voice I'm not really concerned with how the show will be but at the end of the day chords are chords and melodies are melodies. I'm not fond of performing with backtracks so the live performance is a creation of its own.
I'd like to continue my career as an artist, producer, writer and hopefully expand my horizons to even more. Currently writing a short film that will accompany the upcoming album. I'm excited for the next couple of years.