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M. Byrd – ‘Orion’

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After gaining millions of streams from just two singles and receiving traction from the likes of EARMILK and Ones To Watch, M. Byrd has well and truly set the music world on fire, and with the release of his highly anticipated debut EP, he’s gone from a rising independent icon to one of the most promising talents of the last few years.

After his enduring single ‘Mountain’ and ‘Morning Sun’ took to the main stage, M. Byrd’s debut four-track EP is fittingly cinematic, offering four songs full of vastness and warmth, carried by the feeling of passing trees outside a backseat car window and the melancholic homesickness that sometimes goes along with. Wafting reverb tails casually stoic drums, and Byrd's music sounds like Guadagigno's ‘Call Me By Your Name," at times reminiscent of Tom Petty, Sufjan Stevens or Kurt Vile, while the guitars first sound like Sonic Youth and then fade away like The War on Drugs.

Byrd’s timeless songs shine with a feeling of strength and self-understanding that can be rarely found at the beginning of a young musician’s career - they transport the listener to the American west coast, emitting a sense of melancholic future and euphoric youth, urging them to trust their intuition and find their inner-self.

“I spent many years soaking up personal and musical experiences and I’ve been learning a lot in different studios and touring situations,” he explained. “The music I make is thus inspired by being on the road, moving on and allowing growth to happen. I realized that the experiences on my path might also inspire other people and I hope that this will continue in the future with the songs we release.”

Riding the wave of his early singles, M. Byrd has become one of the most exciting newcomers on the European music scene, counts 3.5 million streams on just two songs, was recommended in the French Rolling Stone as well as in American blogs. This summer he plays at tastemaker festivals like Immergut, in September at the Reeperbahn Festival and next year he will support indie dance king Roosevelt on his full European tour.

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