Single of the week: Maria BC – The Only Thing review

by Joseph Purcell

Escalating vocal swathes meet vast, haunting landscapes on new single The Only Thing, from Ohio native, Maria BC. Undaunted by their previous grasp of conflict, grief and anxiety, they aims their focus on the tumultuous topic of love – with the same mastery that we have come to expect from an artist in full control of their craft.

Building upon the opening subtle flickers of delight, The Only Thing is the sound of new beginnings: like the breakthrough of spring pushing away the heavy restrains and weariness of winter. Bubbling, effervescent and exciting in equal measure, the vocal, ensnared in a rapturous waltz with the lush arrangements at its back, melts delicately – washing over its subject with an assured sound. Its cacophonous manner is at perfect odds with its subject, as lyrical snaps of fragility emit before the reciprocation of love washes them away – melting into the meandering finale.

This next step builds delightfully on the haunting intimacy of 2021’s Devils Rain, and further shapes the excitement for forthcoming long player, Hyaline, which arrives on 27th May via Father/Daughter and Fear of Missing Out.

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