“Still” by Maria BC

"Still" by Maria BC is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day
Maria BC Photo by Damien Maloney

On Maria BC’s dual August singles, “Amber” and “Watcher,” the Bay Area singer-songwriter pushed their ambient-folk formula into pastoral new terrain. Their new track out today, “Still,” builds on this, carried by reverberant guitar and a wistful piano motif that BC composed as a teenager. “Raised at an empty table, a backlit door / Still in the blue moon on the floor,” they sing on the outro. “Still” is addressed to BC’s childhood self, and pays surrealistic homage to the ins-and-outs of the songwriting process. This ghostly, nostalgic single arrives ahead of their upcoming full-length, Spike Field, out October 20 via Sacred Bones.

Speaking about the new track, Maria BC says: “I wrote the piano part for this track when I was 16 and never forgot it. The original song I wrote then was awful, but in the years since, I’ve wanted to resuscitate the piano riff for something, to write a new melody on top of it. I thought it might be healing in some way, since I struggle to feel compassion for my past self/selves and in fact often find myself wishing I could mindwipe anybody who ever knew me – a clean slate! Would if I could, but I can’t. So, how to move on? A lot of trial and error, then I found the melody for “Still” and these lyrics came out that seemed to describe the process of writing the music, these lyrics addressed to my childhood self, like, “I haven’t forgotten you. You’re still with me.”

Maria BC will be making their EU / UK live debut this fall, and has also announced a string of November US headline, West Coast tour dates.


10/25 – Lisbon, Portugal @ ZDB
10/26 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique
10/27 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ London Calling
10/28 – London, UK @ MIRRORS Festival
10/29 – Bristol, UK @ Crofters Right
10/30 – Glasgow, UK @ Glad Cafe
10/31 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
11/01 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
11/02 – Brighton, UK @ Mutations Festival
11/03 – London, UK @ Rough Trade West (in-store)

11/29 – Portland, OR @ Show Bar
11/30 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
12/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Digger
12/07 – Oakland, CA @ Bandcamp Oakland

Listen to “Still” HERE.


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