J.M. Long is an independent artist, producer, & studio owner based in Portland, OR. His sound is a tasteful blend of indie-pop rock with danceable rhythms & ear-grabbing melodies.
While he certainly draws inspiration from The Beatles, Radiohead, and Jeff Buckley, he always retains his own unique voice and enthusiasm for exploring new, experimental sounds in the process.
Currently, Long is promoting the release of his latest single "17OJ" (Seventeenth of June), which is part of his upcoming EP "When You Get Lonely" (April 2019). He performs regularly around Portland both as a solo act & with a 5-piece band at venues such as McMenamin's White Eagle Saloon, Hawthorne Theatre, Twilight Bar, & more. (January 2019).
In addition to recording & performing his own music, he also produces other bands & teaches classes out of his pro home studio Library Sound Recording in Happy Valley.
Recommended if you like:
Glass Animals, the XX, Bob Moses, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Radiohead, James Blake.
Don't look through me like you've seen a ghost / there is so much more to me you don't care to know / And I want more than a mind that you keep closed / All you ever show is the surface of your soul” ( JML, Surface of Your Soul, 2017)
LYRIC SNIPPETS // FOREVER EVERGREEN // 2017
"I was a speck in the sea / before you reached out /
and gave me a reason to believe / my lighthouse" ("Drowning, Lighthouse, Anchor")
"You are the last person I want to let down /
I don't make a habit of pouring my heart out /
I need to be accepted by you" ("Accepted")
"It's not my ego / It's my humanity /
I feel enlightened by your insanity" (Ego, Humanity)
"If I can take this blow to the head / then I can cheat death / I can cheat death / 'cause you cant break through my skin / Before it's peeled / I'm already healed / If I fail one hundred times / I'm not done / I'm not done / If I fail one hundred times / I'm not done / I'll get one hundred and one" (One Hundred and One)