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Marcus Whale - Vapour
May 23, 2016
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Why do we like this?

Marcus Whale, solo artist and one half of Collarbones, has returned with the second single from his impending album Inland Sea. Following on from "My Captain" comes "Vapour," a jarring, almost operatically-arranged romp through chaotic, ominous rhythms, sombre trumpets and and a stark, dramatic melody. Even for a six-and-a-half minute composition, there's a lot to take in. From earthy synths to what sounds like watery panpipes, to spooky chords, ambient progressions, sombre trumpets and more, it's not exactly confusing, but it's difficult to digest - and I mean that in the best way possible. 

This is more dramatic reading than average song, more melodically-driven storytelling, ready for an impassioned live performance than anything radio-friendly - and that's why I like it. 

Marcus had this to say about the track: "Imagine two convicts, who've travelled for a year across the ocean to this place, Australia. Vapour illustrates them magically coming together as bodies of water and disappearing, transcendentally escaping the oppression of the state. there's also a bit of a clue in there, that they are vapours - a former sea, a kind of union from the past to the present of all queer bodies - that we're all made of water."

There sure as hell is nobody making music quite like this. 

Marcus Whale releases his debut album Inland Sea on June 10 via Good Manners.

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