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The official cover for Mariel Lovelands debut album With a Smile under a solo project known as Best Ex. In her debut, Loveland explores themes of romance, societal pressures on women and mental health. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARIEL LOVELAND

Mariel Loveland takes on societal norms in solo project Best Ex’s debut album “With a Smile”

Clare Gehlich, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor November 9, 2023
Having begun her musical journey with the band Candy Hearts, Mariel Loveland is redefining several dramatic life changes — including meeting her now-husband and losing her grandmother — under a new solo project known as Best Ex. After trading the energetic guitars of Candy Hearts for fuzzed-out synths and dreamy acoustics, Loveland discussed her debut album, “With a Smile,” in an interview with The Statesman.
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