There’s a new album out today by a music producer you’re unfamiliar with, which you will happily remedy by the time you’re done reading this article. That producer, Marley Carroll, has built a nice little nest at the intersection of Bonobo and Tycho, in a more upbeat neighborhood of Ulrich Schnauss. It’s quite a lovely place.
He’s also somebody who much of the music world has slept on, sadly. Thankfully, the man behind Emancipator, Doug Appling, is not one of those somebodys. It makes perfect sense that Appling would sign Carroll to his Loci imprint. Each of their music is unique, distinguishable from the other, but they seem to share enough DNA to call each other cousin.
It is abundantly clear on tracks like Luna Moth and Monarch that he draws influence from the eyes rolled back in your head drone centric master Boards of Canada, but it’s also distinctly not their music.
I’d recommend playing Flight Patterns if you need something to put on while you study, clean your house, drive on a road trip, sit in a cabin in the woods, walk around with headphones on, or if you are engaged in any activity on a beach at dusk or dawn. If Parental Hipness is a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being a person who thinks anybody who plays guitar differently than Buddy Holly is misusing their instrument, and a 10 is, say, Thurston Moore, this record would likely only appeal to a 6 or 7 and higher.
If the record feels like it jumps around a bit sonically, that’s due in large part to it being more of a compilation album, a gathering of several 2-3 song releases into a single package, rather than a single, dedicated studio effort. It’s not my favorite type of album, but that’s what they opted for to get this music out into the world, so more power to them.
Marley Carroll will fit like a fitted glove fits at Electric Forest. The people at Madison House seem to have their ears to the ground, so hopefully, that will happen sooner than later. Just thinking about hearing ‘Monarch’ among the trees in Sherwood Forest gives me goosebumps.
Listen to the album via Spotify below, or click here to find it on your preferred streaming platform. If you’re going to be in the Ashville, NC area on December 14th, you can attend the album release show at the Mothlight. More info and tickets are available here.
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