“People spend their life avoiding feelings,” Australian folk artist Marcus Blacke remarks nonchalantly, addressing the darkness and shadowy strife attached to the textural songs on his Self-Titled debut full-length. “I’m not writing songs so people can dance. I want them to know it is okay to feel something. We’re built to be melancholy sometimes. Those emotions keep us from experiencing a mediocre sense of happiness.”
Blacke’s new Self-Titled record will be coming out May 6, 2016 on Three Sirens Music Group, and the first single “Master of Eden” is free for posting today (link and embed code below)!
Blacke reveals both grace and gloom throughout the course of his debut record. The propulsive opening track “Russian Orchard” echoes the emotions that follow the evaporation of love. Contrastingly, “Only Orchid”, written on his fathers Romanian cherry orchard, and “Smoke” reminisce on a lover’s wonderment at finding something as quickly as it slips through your fingers.
Watch Marcus perform “Smoke” Live on Balcony TV HERE
Blacke proves himself a remarkable lyricist as he shares experiences, emotions, and weights the world has carried, but expresses them with words specific to his own worldview making every sentiment singular, personal, and unique. Tracks like “Masters Of Eden” and “Slimey Bob” dive into the shortcomings of religion, politics, poverty and capitalism, as Blacke frantically shrieks out lines like “sold your guns now claim your freedom” and “starving children, fucking feed them.”
Possessing the wit of Bob Dylan, the dejection of Tom Waits and the emotions of Elliot Smith, Blacke personifies the often-unrealized emotions buried deep inside all of us. Blacke’s profound, 20-something angst is perfectly married to legendary producer Malcolm Burn’s insight has masterfully balanced Blacke’s raw talent as well as his unique guitar style, often filled with distinct tweaking and tunings, to create an overwhelmingly sophisticated and atmospheric album.