Briston Maroney knows how to infuse songs with the most profound emotions and the parts of life that come to define us. From the urge to self-destruct when times are good to being surprised by the comfort that comes with an unconditional love, Maroney masterfully communicates feelings listeners might not even know they’ve had. Ahead of his upcoming album Ultrapure, Maroney released a two-sided single: “Detonator” / “The Idea.”
My favorite moments in the human experience are ones that you don’t even realize have started, but feel so deeply when you realize they’ve ended. I refer to these as ‘Ultrapure’ moments.
~ Briston Maroney
Starting with “Detonator,” Maroney pours their heart out about uncertainty in a relationship. Even in an all-new, seemingly perfect relationship, that anxiety about things being too good to be true looms — yet you still have to dive headfirst, fearless, into that love. The message is heartfelt and spiritual, though the melody is catchy with poppy percussion and a rhythmic beat.
On the B-side of the project, Maroney offers a more stripped-down song. “The Idea” opens with gentle piano and a more somber tone, a refreshing contrast to the previous track. His breathy vocals create an angelic aura, his crooning about the comfort that love brings to life feels like fresh air. He sings that since meeting his partner, there isn’t much more he could need — together, they embark on a sweet journey in life together rather than going alone.
The Nashville-based indie artist is building anticipation for Ultrapure, which is slated to release on September 22 with Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records. Maroney showcases their adept musical skills, as they play all instruments on the album.
This album was my humble, unqualified, and earnest as hell attempt at sitting in those feelings until they had no choice but to burst out of my head. These songs are about a type of pain I hate and love, but mostly have a deep appreciation for.
~ Briston Maroney
There’s more than just an album to look forward to. Maroney will also host the second Paradise Festival in Nashville from October 12 through 14, curated by Maroney himself, to benefit nonprofits in the area with an array of headliners like Maroney, Samia, Hovvdy, and Charlie Burg. Maroney will also embark on a headline tour in Europe in honor of Ultrapure from October 31 through November 16. Check out ticket availability on their website here. Stay tuned for what’s next from the quickly rising artist on Briston Maroney’s website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok.
Featured photo credit to Muriel Margaret