Indie alternative artist The March Divide debuts the new track “Tie One On,” exclusively with C&I.
Straight from the ingenious mind of San Antonio-based singer-songwriter Jared Putnam comes his mostly individual venture, The March Divide. Since 2012, under this pseudonym the prolific Putnam has produced five EPs, three albums, and a string of cover tracks.
Now, The March Divide is back with a new project, Anticipation Pops, out nationwide August 24. And we’ve got an exclusive sneak listen to the track “Tie One On.”
“[‘Tie One On’ is] a song about that feeling of falling short, depression, the loneliness that comes with it, and the self-destructive actions I often take to get me through those ruts,” Putnam says. “I think I had originally planned to have the song just be a vocal and guitar, but I somehow fell down the wormhole while recording it. The core isn’t all that different from a lot of my writing, but I really got knocked out of my comfort zone on the production.”
With hazy harmonies, leisurely piano, and slow guitar picking, the tune continually builds upon its simple beginnings to a cinematic conclusion.
“It’s unrecognizable, but the percussion was inspired by the last Wilco album,” Putnam says. “There’s a song on there, with a really cool triangle part, that I’m irrationally obsessed with. I think I’ve managed to fit triangle into every song I’ve recorded since hearing that. From there I added the cowbell, and all the rest, layer by layer. In my past projects, piano was always commonplace, but I lost that somewhere along the way. This is the first song I’ve recorded as The March Divide where I feel like I got that back.
“I’m proud of this song on a personal level. I think it was therapeutic to write and I was able to grow as an artist, working on it. It’s funny, because even through the subject matter and off-the-wall production, to me, it sounds like the montage in a romantic comedy.”
Get an exclusive first listen to “Tie One On,” below.
For more information on The March Divide, upcoming tour dates, and the new record, visit the website. Photography: Jared Putnam of The March Divide as photographed by Josh Huskin.