Brent Cash - The New High

 

Brent Cash - The New High


"Stylistic wonder: Brent Cash's third LP channels super-sophisticated pop. Each song comes on like some long-lost 45." - UNCUT

"Earworm melodies sit atop obliquely shifting piano chords and inventive arrangements. Cash has created a sound that both pays tribute to its forerunners and adds new depth. Dig the new breed!" - SHINDIG!

Brent is back. After a six-year-long hiatus, the multi-instrumentalist from Athens, GA (home to R.E.M. and The B-52s, among others) returns with his third and probably best album yet. Continuing the tradition of his previous, widely celebrated albums “How Will I Know If I’m Awake” and “How Strange It Seems”, he once again enters melody wonderland - evoking classic pop songwriting from the 60s and 70s - chock-full of sophisticated arrangements, richly textured vocal harmonies and extravagant key changes. It’s proof that pop music is alive and well in 2017.

Brent decided to record the album Todd Rundgren-style this time. Each and every instrument is played by the man himself - except for the string section. It adds an earthy edge to his sunshine pop brilliance.

The album kickstarts with title track “The New High”, a song that builds and builds until you finally reach, well, the new high (“Why does it feel so good?”). “Out For Blood” recalls The Beach Boys’ “Wild Honey” period - classy, soulful technicolor vocal harmonies layered upon a great rhythm track. The quirky “The Wrong Thing” captures the playful pop majesty of Gilbert O’Sullivan. It even features a crazy fiddle. “Careful if you run with me / It’s gonna be a bumpy ride / Heaven disavows the alchemy...”

Every Inflection“ is pure pop heaven - sounding like a lost late 60s AM radio hit - with a super-cool Wurlitzer solo. “Dim Light” is full of wicked twists and turns - even featuring a Beatles-like Mellotron. It takes you on a musical trip in many different sections and evolves like a mini-movie. “The Way You Were” - a song about a love gone wrong - is a special highlight, wearing its Lennon/McCartney influences on its sleeve. “Let me shout it now from the mountaintops / Oh Lord, how I love the way / Love the way you were...”

I‘m Looking Up” - driven by a cool Carole King-like piano part - is a hit song in the waiting. Check out the beautiful sun-soaked string section! They just don’t do records like this anymore. “The Dusk Song” is another special treat on the album. The hypnotic piano riff just grabs you - and takes you deep into Van Dyke Parks territory. “All around is orange and the crow is still bitching / About something in the distance...”. The slowly rolling, mournful “Fade/Return” - accompanied by cascading ocean sounds - is a cinematic widescreen beauty with a bewitching orchestra part. 10cc anyone?

The album ends with the acoustic guitar coda “Perfection Comes Near”. Well, it certainly does on this album. Get high on “The New High”, brothers & sisters! It’s the perfect soundtrack to cruise into golden sunsets along the California coast line.

Release date: January 27, 2017. CD / LP / DL

The CD edition is housed in a 4-panel digipak plus 12-page booklet. The vinyl edition comes with an innersleeve feat. lyrics and artwork.

 

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Starless - Starless EP (The Remixes)

 

Starless - Starless EP (The Remixes)

Out now: The title track of our widely celebrated STARLESS album (MA 79) gets the deluxe remix treatment. "Starless EP (The Remixes)" (MA 80) features eight great versions - ranging from the original version with The Blue Nile's Paul Buchanan to the bouncy deep house sounds of the "Sam Barker Axor Remix" and the drum & bass excitement of the "M Sinclair Carbon Remix".

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Starless - Starless

 

Starless - Starless

 

”I love it. Listening to Starless is like ‘sitting on a cliff, feet dangling over, shivering from the wind chill with the sea beneath you’. I feel the authentic Scottish musical sensibilities and charm that goes with it. Hearing the beautifully sung, arranged and played songs, makes me feel... great.“ – Gary Katz (Steely Dan producer, ’72 - ’80)

Welcome to the debut album of Starless - the lushly orchestrated brainchild of Paul McGeechan, keyboard player of Love & Money from Glasgow. It’s an epic and unique album - widescreen in scope and ambition featuring such illustrious collaborators as Paul Buchanan (The Blue Nile), Karen Matheson (Capercaillie), Julie Fowlis and Chris Thomson (The Bathers). McGeechan - who wrote, arranged and masterminded the project - recorded the album with the stunning Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The result is a an emotional soundscape with references ranging from Ennio Morricone to The Cocteau Twins and David Sylvian.

"Fuadach provides the opening titles to this very special cinematic musical journey. It is followed by the late-night beauty of title track Starless - sung by Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile (Buchanan’s first vocal for quite some time). ”In a starless sky, one shutdown moon, here in this city, we fall in love too soon“.

Whispered Reason No. 2 and Solitude - both sung by Marie Claire Lee - recall the other-worldly beauty of Liz Fraser of The Cocteau Twins. Another great collaborator on Starless is Karen Matheson from Capercaillie. Her beautiful voice is featured on the celestial The Surge Of The Sea - sung in Gaelic. Scottish folk singer Julie Fowlis provides vocals on the second Gaelic language song on the album - the ethereal Duthaich Mhicaoidh.

Chris Thomson from The Bathers (who released three albums on Marina) sings the gorgeous Misty Nights. ”Sure as East meets West, she’s in her summer dress, young musicians on their knees“. McGeechan and Thomson were both members of legendary post-Postcard band Friends Again in the early 80s.

Within These Walls - sung by Andrew White - recalls the melancholy art-pop of early 80s Peter Gabriel. The atmospheric Yellow Midnight is sung by Gwen Stewart who recorded two albums with Sugartown on Marina.

Turn the lights down low - turn up the volume - and get on a trip with this very special and, yes, quite spectacular album. It’s a beauty.

 

CD / LP (+CD) / Download - release date: May 27, 2016

The CD edition is housed in a beautiful 6-panel digipak plus 12-page booklet. The limited vinyl edition comes with a CD of the entire album.

 

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The Pearlfishers - The Strange Underworld Of The Tall Poppies


The Pearlfishers - The Strange Underworld Of The Tall Poppies

 

Exclusive Record Store Day release: The Pearfishers' debut release on Marina from 1997 - for the first time on vinyl!

Out on April 18, 2015. Limited edition of 750 copies. Marina Records MA78.

"The Rickenbacker jangle of The Byrds, the rococo ambition of late-period Beatles, the melodic sophistication of Bacharach, and the vocal virtuosity of The Beach Boys – with an attention to craft and detail which would do any of their influences proud." (The Independent)

"The great lost album that Brian Wilson, Roger McGuinn, The Left Banke and The Beatles never quite got round to record together." (The Herald)

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The Pearlfishers - Open Up Your Colouring Book

 

The Pearlfishers: Open Up Your Colouring Book

"The Pearlfishers’ David Scott stumbled upon the songwriting secret known only to a few celebrated figures in the mid-1960s - Paul McCartney, Jimmy Webb, Brian Wilson.” - The Sunday Times, 11/07

"The Pearlfishers’ delicate songs recall the lush, literate creations of Prefab Sprout.” - Q, 11/07

"The great lost album that Brian Wilson, Roger McGuinn, The Left Banke and The Beatles never quite got round to record together." (The Herald)

"Scotland’s Van Dyke Parks. Luxuriant piano-led arrangements referencing influences like Morricone, Randy Newman and Michel Legrand underpin solid lyrical storytelling.” - WORD, 12/07


It’s the return of the magnificent Pearlfishers. After a long hiatus - seven years since their last album Up With The Larks (2007) - the band from Glasgow is finally back with a brand new album, their seventh for Marina Records. Open Up Your Colouring Book turned out rather epic - in scope and content - and it was well worth the wait. Welcome to a musical journey over 16 tracks and 67 minutes - brimful with sophisticated arrangements, multi-layered vocal harmonies and extravagant key changes. It’s proof that classic pop songwriting is alive and well in 2014.

The album kickstarts with lovely Diamanda. "It’s a beautiful day, so get out of bed…” Perfectly building a bridge between the classic hook-laden Pearlfishers pop songs from their earlier albums to the slightly more reflective tunes of the new album, it bristles with chiming electric guitars and stacked vocal counterpoint. Hey, Roger McGuinn. The trip continues with To The Northland - full of acoustic guitars, timpani and a full-blown string section. The song recalls main Pearlfisher David Scott’s days in the early 1980s and the social and political turmoil of that time. It’s one of the many songs on the album that takes escape and flight as a central theme.

The Last Days Of September leaves the frosty streets and empty cafés of a dying town behind on a Midlake meets Mamas & Papas choir. Gone In The Winter moves in the opposite direction, "over the deep south" on the trail of disappeared music icon Bobbie Gentry to an epic finale recalling Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue.

The title track is a trip on its own - a widescreen landscape of musical sections and emotions, extremely rich in detail, showcasing David Scott’s truly unique sense of melody, songwriting and arrangement. "Have you ever seen a morning out on the West Coast / In Skye or Californ-eye-ay?” Technicolor, baby!

Continuing a good old Pearlfishers tradition, the album includes a quirky instrumental. Attacked By Mountain Cats sounds like a lost Morricone theme from a late 60s Italian movie, including some mad whistling. The multi-stacked vocals and sacred beauty of Silly Bird recall the Beach BoysFriends period. "The seaweed and the starlight / And all the funny creatures in between...”

David Scott never stopped writing songs over the last seven years. They just didn’t turn into a full Pearlfishers album. Among others, he worked with the likes of BMX Bandits, Isobel Campbell, Norman Blake and Bill Wells. Open Up Your Colouring Book includes two of those collaborations - both with New York City-based songwriters. Chasing All The Good Days Down was written with Amy Allison (with whom Scott released the album Turn Like The World Does, 2012). The stunning heartbreak ballad I Don’t Want To Know About It is a co-write with Erin Moran aka A Girl Called Eddy.

You Can’t Escape The Way You Feel sounds like a straight 70s AM radio smash à la Todd Rundgren - with superb falsetto vocals and a great horn-driven outro. "I’m still gonna get you back, girl!” Two piano-based tunes close the album: The Jimmy Webb-ish Her Heart Moves Like The Sea Moves and A Christmas Tree In A Hurricane - played on a deeply reverbed Wurlitzer piano - bring the journey to a great emotional finale.

So, open up your colouring books, darlings... and move the crayon in your hand...!

CD / 2-LP (+CD) / Download - release date: April 25, 2014.

The CD edition is housed in a beautiful digipak plus 16-page booklet. The limited deluxe 2-LP edition is packaged in a heavy gatefold cover plus inner sleeves and a CD of the entire album. Each order via Marina Mailorder comes with an exclusive set of three Pearlfishers postcards - available nowhere else.

 

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