The new single identifies a year spent well with Wake Up Freya being their, to my mind, most intricate song thus far released.
There is a gentle timorous frailty of vocal which threads through the composition affording the theme its central pivot seeking to narrate tentative advice to a new-born whilst self-doubting the counselling provided as the building layers of instrumentation afford a guarding layer of protection and caring support in to which the listener is invited to join arms.
Marsicans will be embarking on a six stop England, Scotland tour next month:
1st of March – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
2nd of March – London, Borderline
3rd of March – Bristol, Louisiana
7th of March – Glasgow, Garage (Attic)
8th of March – Manchester, Deaf Institute
10th of March – Leeds, Church
With a more earthy sound to it than their last feature – Throw Ourselves In is highlighted by the double time percussion which gives the track a tempo that rips straight in to the brain, while the flexibility of guitar gives the song its crustiness with bass and vocal setting up phrases for the audience to get involved.
The end of the month sees them on a brief England, Scotland tour with Jaws.
24 Nov – Liverpool, Magnet
26 Nov – Newcastle, Riverside
27 Nov – Edinburgh, The Caves
29 Nov – York, The Crescent
30 Nov – Sheffield, Plug
01 Dec – Birmingham O2 Institute
Having had the opportunity to wander through the four track plus four remixes release I am left feeling better for it.
Akin to taking a shower in orange flower-water Marsicans don’t seek to confront the listener and although this is music that will and has been enjoyed by those who like music covered with sugar, for those of us who like some splinters in their speakers, the quartet do not play from a template and can find a refraction in the diamond cuts which imbue colour. Investing their output with a sense of realisation that a direct connection with the listener is of far more import than a cut and paste of chords and keys.
From Absence (available on bandcamp) – the opener and title.