We covered Never Thought by Mel Bryant & the Mercy Makers back in May, and they’re back on the blog with the mellow but emotionally punchy rock of Mary/Martha. You can listen to it below.

The song, which is the opener on their recently released eponymous album, is on the surface a tale of two sisters (with a biblical reference to Mary and Martha of Bethany) competing for Jesus’ affections.

The song has undertones of the 70’s and 80’s but filtered through a very modern sensibility. Lyrically you can hear shades of Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac circa their eponymous album in the smoothly confessional tones on display. The more edgy and current moments come courtesy of the literate rock influences in the arrangement – think Mitski or Phoebe Bridgers as musical pointers. With some poppy hooks given a classic rock sheen, you’ll find Mary/Martha easily and quickly gets under your skin.

Mary/Martha and the band’s new album can be streamed and download on Bandcamp. Be sure to check the group out over on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, where you can find more listening details, which includes Spotify.