Genre-hopping singer-songwriter Jamie Martin released his new single What’s The Use last Friday The bluesy piece of melancholy alt. soul welds yearning vocals to a complex, epic, guitar-driven soundscape.

Hear What’s The Use on Soundcloud here

The young artist and producer from Glasgow fuses indie and soul songwriting with modern blues rock guitar heroics. Influenced by John Mayer, Ben Howard and John Martyn and known for his combination of honest and intimate live shows, Jamie offers a unique, multi-layered interpretation of the traditional solo singer-songwriter. His introduction to a music career began with production and engineering, experience which he is now utilising with his own sonically diverse and innovative recordings which recall Bon Iver and recent City & Colour albums.

“I originally wrote this song about being divided from someone at the end of a failing relationship,” says Jamie of the new single, “but it since took on a more generalised meaning – that basing your views and definitions of right and wrong without a contrasting viewpoint splits us all into our own little self-curated social circles. Sonically, I wanted the song to follow the bleak sentiment of the lyrics with distortion on just about everything.”

Following the release of his debut self-titled EP last year, Jamie played high profile shows at prestigious Glasgow venues King Tut’s, ABC and The Garage and blew away audiences at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Jamie will be playing more live dates with his backing band this Spring and Summer. For more info, head to jamiemartinmusic.com 

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