Toronto native Marlon Chaplin has just spent the past year writing, recording and producing his first full length. Coming off the critical success of debut EP ‘Wanderer By Trade’, and playlist-friendly single “Fossils”, Chaplin is about to unleash his most ambitious, unapologetic work to date. The ten-track strong ‘The Circle’ is big, anthemic and all things rock ’n’ roll. With a monstrously tight live show (five members strong), growing fanbase and unmatched ambition, 2018 is the year all eyes and ears will be locked squarely on Chaplin.
“Elevation” is the first single off of Marlon Chaplin’s forthcoming debut LP ‘The Circle’, which will be released via Mӧbius Recordings in August.
“It’s about seizing the day, not being afraid to own who and what you are. Go out and get it.
“Danger, Danger” is a poignant, lyrically-rich ballad which was both written and produced by Marlon Chaplin. The song was recorded at Lincoln County Social Club in Toronto ON on July 27, 2017 and was engineered and mixed by John Dinsmore. The track features Marlon Chaplin on vocals and acoustic guitar and Eric Duquette on electric guitar.The song was mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering.
“Fossils” is a stunning and emotive ballad which draws on colourful production techniques and an all-encompassing, expansive sound, “Fossils” is psychedelic folk. The song was produced by Marlon Chaplin and Ewan Kay (Austra, Moon King) and engineered/mixed by the latter. Painting a sonic landscape that manages to be simultaneously mammoth and subtle; it is a natural progression from the acoustic-based but more idiosyncratic EP ‘Wanderer By Trade’ which was released in May of 2016.
“Annabelle + Someone” was released as a single on October 07th, 2016. Co-produced and engineered by Ewan Kay (Austra, Moon King), it displays a departure from the folk/roots-centric EP, ‘Wanderer By Trade’, released in May. Where that previous release utilized acoustic guitars, mandolin and fiddle, “Annabelle + Someone” centres around angular electric guitars, a weaving synthesizer and penetrating drums – all underscored by a sorrowful lyric of cautionary regret.
“Annabelle + Someone” will be the A side of a 45 to be released in 2018. “Fossils” will be the B side.
Released on May 22, 2016, ‘Wanderer By Trade’ is Marlon Chaplin’s debut EP. Comprised of 6 songs, it explores themes of disconnect, the inner turmoil of being your own worst enemy when it comes to matters of the heart and the dichotomy of reconciling two human desires often at odds with one another; autonomy and connection.
While genre-defying, the EP incorporates several elements. Elevated with the warmth and depth of the fiddle – which introduces a slight country bent – contrasting textures unfold including the saw, psychedelic electric guitars and ethereal female backing vocals. Musicians appearing on the record include Neil Quin of Zeus on electric guitar, Galen Pelley of The Treasures, and James McKie of Jerry Leger and the Situation.
Cover art for ‘Wanderer By Trade’ was produced by local visual artist Gabby Hillis.
“Elevation” Directed and filmed by James Featherstone and Michael Greggain for Deep Field Productions.
“Danger, Danger” Director – Marlon Chaplin.
“Fossils” (Official Lyric Video) Director – Devon Stewart.
Four official music videos were released to accompany Marlon Chaplin’s debut release Wanderer By Trade.
“In Stars” Director – Karly McCloskey.
“Skeleton Key” Director – Justin Friesen.
“Conviction” Director – Karly McCloskey.
“Carmeline” Director – Justin Friesen.
Musically, an eighties ignited sphere of driving electronics, thick, grimace-inducing bass lines and soaring, dissonant guitar lines that would speak to the Pixies in their Bossanova years. Lyrically, the songs are an ode to youthful exuberance, sex, burning cities, ghosts and relationships past. Vocal leads casually pushing through like Edwynn Collins when he found his crooner meets punk rocker footing in Orange Juice. When all these sonic aspects combine in the melting pot we get
Sleep Walk, Beautiful Nothing’s latest release is thoughtfully described by the band as an “indie electro-rock stream of consciousness”.
“It’s all about separating yourself from unnecessary stresses and understanding that these things are only real in our minds. That’s what’s so great about sleeping. You never really have to face these stresses directly but they all get sorted on a subconscious level,” ponders Anthony Ludgate, the band’s lead vocalist regarding the premise behind the band’s newest album “Sleep Walk”.
Prior to the release of their latest offering Sleep Walk, Burlington’s Beautiful Nothing released a self-titled album which enjoyed significant college radio and video airplay across Canada.
Beautiful Nothing has released four official music videos off their latest album Sleep Walk to date, with plans to release more this year.
Meet Me In My Dream
Must Be Dreaming
Million Different Ways
The Foreign Resort
The Foreign Resort are Denmark’s finest musical export of post-punk and dark new wave. Led by singer and songwriter Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen.
TFR combine the shadowy mysticism of The Cure’s Pornography-era with a driving production aesthetic akin to LCD Soundsystem. Intricate reverb-enveloped guitar lines glide over Steffan Petersen’s motorik bass and Morten Hansen’s powerful drumming, all while Mikkel’s taut and sincere vocal delivery demand your attention.
TFR have toured the USA relentlessly, addicted to the allure of America’s lost highways. Since 2010, the band has been rigorous in playing more than 400 shows across North America and Europe with performances at SXSW, Iceland Airwaves, CMJ Music Marathon, one of the world’s largest Goth festivals Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany.
Other international bands have welcomed them on their tours such as Minor Victories, The Raveonettes, A Place to Bury Strangers and Swervedriver. The trio has also shared bills with bands like Cold Cave, DIIV, The Soft Moon, The KVB and Slowdive.
In 2014 The Foreign Resort’s album “New Frontiers” was ranked among top albums of the year at radio stations like WZBC, Boston and KDHX, St. Louis as well as at European and American blogs. Over the years magazines like Consequence of Sound and UK’s Louder Than War have praised The Foreign Resort. The Big Takeover wrote “This band is epic!” and in their review of “New Frontiers” Gothic Beauty Magazine stated that this band is “One of the most dynamic exports to come out of Denmark in the past few years…”.
Following up on the success of “New Frontiers” the Danish trio released the EP “The American Dream” in October 2015 – five songs with a simpler but more intense expression than ever heard before from the band. This fall marks the final tour in support of “The American Dream” before the band returns to the studio to record a new full-length, set for release in 2018. On April 19, 2017, TFR released the first single off of their forthcoming new album entitled “She is Lost”.
“She is Lost” (Single) (2017)
The American Dream (2015 USA, 2016 Germany)
New Frontiers (2014)
Scattered & Buried (2012 USA, 2013 Europe)
The Foreign Resort (2011)
She Is Lost
Suburban Depression (AO Remix)
Dead End Roads
Take A Walk
The Starlit Sea