6 Songs, 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd have been blurring the lines between electro-pop, R&B and jazz for the better part of a decade, having released their experimental debut EP Play in 2013. That project also introduced their long-running collaboration with jazz saxophonist Steve Davit, who has become a quasi third member of the band and a tour staple. Through two studio albums and two EPs, the New York City-based group have created a niche for themselves by producing moody, minimal love songs that feel equally at home in a smoky lounge or strobe-lit after-hours. Their third EP, Was It Not, carries this torch and finds them back in the studio with Davit, who guests on the shape-shifting bedroom ballad "Eat U Alive”. That the standout title track—a swirl of whispered, watery vocals, skittering snares and melting bass—feels entirely at home in 2020 alongside fellow dark-pop experimentalists like Billie Eilish, Mallrat and Kiiara makes you wonder if Marian Hill was simply years ahead of their time.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd have been blurring the lines between electro-pop, R&B and jazz for the better part of a decade, having released their experimental debut EP Play in 2013. That project also introduced their long-running collaboration with jazz saxophonist Steve Davit, who has become a quasi third member of the band and a tour staple. Through two studio albums and two EPs, the New York City-based group have created a niche for themselves by producing moody, minimal love songs that feel equally at home in a smoky lounge or strobe-lit after-hours. Their third EP, Was It Not, carries this torch and finds them back in the studio with Davit, who guests on the shape-shifting bedroom ballad "Eat U Alive”. That the standout title track—a swirl of whispered, watery vocals, skittering snares and melting bass—feels entirely at home in 2020 alongside fellow dark-pop experimentalists like Billie Eilish, Mallrat and Kiiara makes you wonder if Marian Hill was simply years ahead of their time.

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