Briston Maroney is back with two new singles, “Oregon” and “Harvard” today via Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records. Produced by Caleb Wright and Jake Luppen (of Hippo Campus), the new A-sides find Maroney reaching back to songs he originally wrote nearly five years ago. Listen to both tracks now below.
Of “Oregon,” Maroney shares, “This is honestly an old song that I never thought would see the light of day, but I’m so stoked that it is in its fullest form! It was always in the back of my mind to record, and I’m so glad I waited to find someone like Jake Luppen to produce it. It’s overly earnest – the way that anything that’s written at 20 years old is – but having some perspective on the story and the general attitude of the song helped get it to a place that feels really special! ‘Oregon,’ more than anything, is about being young, and I love that it feels fresh and the opposite of jaded.”
Of “Harvard,” Maroney adds, “I like to think of ‘Harvard’ as a letter to the feminine side of my identity, something I totally didn’t realize I was doing at the time that I wrote it. This is also an older track, one that I wrote on tour that literally came out without explanation in, like, 20 minutes before a show in Texas! We were sitting on Willie Nelson’s old tour bus, which was being used as the green room for the show we were playing. Sometimes, these lightning bolt songs don’t have an apparent meaning until far after they are written, and this song is no exception to that theory!”
The new songs follow Maroney’s most recent single, “Paradise,” which was accompanied by a live acoustic video last month, directed by frequent visual collaborator Joey Brodnax. The video was filmed at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville – the site of Maroney’s upcoming Paradise Fest, set for November 3rd + 4th. The 2-day music festival was conceived and curated by Maroney, and will be presented in collaboration with local organizations, including radio station Lightning 100 and record store Grimey’s. Tickets can be found HERE.