Prowling Liverpool’s stages with otherworldly tales, the delicately haunting voice of enigmatic singer-songwriter, Marvin Powell brings a new folk philosophy for the plugged-in generation.
As if from the otherworlds of which he sings, singer-songwriter Marvin Powell emerges from the twilight and fingerpicks his way onto the roster of James Skelly’s Skeleton Key Records with his debut single, ‘Buried’, released on Monday 3 August 2015.
Flavours of classic folk lurk with shades of early T-Rex, unplugged Led Zeppelin, comparisons not lost on an artist who cites Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell amongst his influences. Lyrics that are both forbidding and fantastical, evoking personal struggle in an uncertain world, located somewhere between ours and his, are delivered in tones so delicate as to provide an arresting contrast.
Choosing ‘Buried’, produced by Alfie Skelly and Tim Cunningham (The Sundowners) as the first single, Powell reveals a debut that is insidiously affecting and charged with dark, inward melancholia. The artist himself saying: “It would send a shiver down the spine of the most hardened Nick Drake fan.”
Powell’s ascension from the acoustic nights of Liverpool to becoming part of the Skelton Key family comes during a busy time for the imprint as She Drew The Gun (themselves veterans of the open mic scene from which Powell evolved) go into festival season off the back of a Steve Lamacq BBC 6 Music Session and Serpent Power draw sustained acclaim from their recent single ‘Lucifer’s Dream Box’.
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‘Buried’ is Released Monday 3 August 2015