With over 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify, Briston Maroney has captured the hearts of many listeners. His creativity and ability to go beyond that as an artist and musician make his music unique. With Ultrapure, you can understand the purity of his sound. Every instrument heard on the album is played and performed by him and co-produced by Daniel Tashian of Nashville. The 13-track album is revealing and intimate. Maroney has tapped into an acoustic mindset to produce Ultrapure.
“Intro” opens the room and sets the table. From the solar acoustic guitar and sultry vocals, we brace our bones for the sound of the album. “Body” begins with laughter and a building background. The song catches its tune with Maroney’s inverted voice tickling the ear as “Body” is heard in its full form.
“Breathe” is a catchy tune with meaningful lyrics. Maroney relays his message and chants “breathe, breathe.” “Chaos Party” emulates teenage fever. The guitar strums with light drums in the back. Maroney flexes his diverse vocal abilities. A slower, more intimate build is required with “Sunburn Fans,” where Maroney strums the guitar lightly into a heartfelt reflection. “Sunshine” is a feel-good song that makes you want to sing along. It’s nostalgic and has hints of summer. “Delaware” takes on a cooler tone of sound; it is slower and more resolute. In the midst of it all, “Detonator” takes listeners through the highs and lows. In the middle of the song, there’s a brief solo jam and buildup. “The Idea” is a showcase of Maroney’s lyricism and storytelling. The song describes its own story about the confidence of love paired between two. “Spring” is a journey and intertwines within the next song, “Sink; Swim,” which includes a short piano interlude towards the end that lets listeners sit and reflect upon the rest of the song and its course. “Skyline” imitates the lighthouse in a sea of darkness; it guides listeners to a homey feel and prepares for the departure of a journey.
Ending with the title track, “Ultrapure,” closes the album just as intimately as it began. The background vocals guide the song as Maroney captures what the word ultrapure means most to him.
“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.”