When you really think about it, the birth place of so many songs is the bedroom. That's where you make love, brood after a breakup, and come up with your best and worst ideas. The musical revolution of music being forged in the studio that is now one's bedroom is fabulous. I never cease to be in awe what people can achieve in their inner sanctums. Bedroom pop takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to Marlowe and his album Something, Nothing & Anything. All on his lonesome in the comfort of his home he has made a radically charming collection of indie pop songs.
Marlowe prides himself on being a recluse. No shows, no studios, no fuss, no muss. He makes good tunes and calls it a day. I for one am very much on board with this brand. It seems as though he channels all his resources in terms of energies and funnels all of it into his work. He has a timeless aesthetic that teeters back and forth between decades and manages to find a classic angle. He perspective is one that is colorful and bright. He has a fantastic voice that again, fits that timeless aesthetic.
I would say most of the songs on this album could easily make their way onto a few of my playlists. He has a healthy mix of moods and tones. Everyone once in a while I wasn't as enthused, but I could still appreciate the picture and the brushes he was painting with at the time. Marlowe has been writing songs for a long time and his experience shows. There are few different formulas that he abides by, however, every once in a while, he will throw in a curve ball like power 80's guitar solo and I was totally into it. I really like the balance he found between cohesion and diversity. This album is a selection of his favorite songs from other albums of his. I love this because this means I am examining a body of work that has taken place over time and I can determine what has stayed the same and what has changed.
Marlowe's production and engineering instincts are top notch. Honestly I feel if he did manage to get out a bit more he would be snapped up by a studio operation and his whole motif would be ruined. His ear is one that seems to render in three dimensions. He can build things like depth or height with just a few understated tweaks. His process sounded confident and exciting, it was a big selling point on this album.
This album and Marlowe have the potential to cast a very wide net. His music is first and foremost enjoyable. I feel like with the right tune he could tag on almost any fandom within the pop and rock genres. Considering I know a great deal of music enthusiasts, some more prickly than others, I stand firm in my confidence that he could attract all sorts of fish.
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