New Orleans Folk Rock Songwriter Max Bien Kahn Releases New Single ‘It’s Only You’

Wielding the revelrous, swampadelic sounds of New Orleans, Max Bien-Kahn is back with “It’s Only You,” his first solo release of the year.

The band leader and creative force of Max and the Martians has a distinguished resume within the NOLA music scene, as he’s collaborated with artists like Tuba Skinny, Esther Rose, Duff Thompson, and Steph Green to name a few. His unique sound is heartfelt, joyous, and deeply influenced by old-school blues and rock n’ roll. 

“It’s Only You” appears on his forthcoming On the Floor EP, slated for release in early December. The song is a self-proclaimed “nod to old swamp pop” with a steady bassline, rich brass horns, and twangy harmonies. It pays homage to the music of Louisiana as well as the golden oldies of country and blues music, and as a result, it makes for an easy-on-the-ears listen.

Since we last took a look at Max and the Martians in March, they released their psychedelic-bluesy record, All the Same. This upcoming collection gathers three b-sides from the All The Same sessions alongside an unreleased demo, all of which showcase the rambling, bare-bones feel of the Martian’s live sound.

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“It’s Only You” is described as a “rowdy b-side” from the aforementioned LP, and features Camille Wind Weatherford and Esther Rose providing the satisfyingly sweet harmonies.

Bien-Kahn is a connoisseur of the jangly indie-rock sound, as heard on his previous solo release Stay at Home Demos, a collection of quarantine songs that possess the gentle, old-school feel of the streets of New Orleans.

On the Floor is sure to offer something for fans of the Martians and new listeners alike: tender, joyful, and daring rock and roll. “It’s Only You” is available now on all digital streaming platforms now. Give it a spin- you won’t want to miss it.

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