Those present at Hey Marseilles’ performance at Edmonds Center for the Arts on Sunday evening were witness to something special. The combination of the ECA’s gorgeous Art Deco setting, impeccable acoustics, and Hey Marseilles’ indie chamber-pop sound produced a concert that was truly singular and transcendent. The band has been recording their third album and this was the perfect chance for them to test fresh material. And while there seems to be no great departure from their previous work, this is fine because the music is intricate and beautiful, from Samuel and Jacob Anderson’s respective cello and viola to Matt Bishop’s maudlin, admittedly white-guy vocals. As Bishop quipped, “We’re white guys with acoustic instruments, (depressing music is) sort of our niche.” And they fill that niche quite nicely and with apparent ease. It was a rare treat to see six people so in tune with each other as they produced poppy, atmospheric, shimmering sounds that echoed perfectly through the auditorium. Honestly, the show ought to have been filmed, it was that spot-on. Hey Marseilles played two full sets with an intermission in between, and then an encore, the tracks ranging from the beginning of their career until now. It appears that Hey Marseilles has a busy, productive time ahead of them, for themselves and for their fans.
Word to the wise. Follow our pal Andrew Joslyn and the Passenger String Quartet's Instagram page @andrewjoslynmusic.
He's giving sneak previews of his symphonic work on network TV commercials and pop songs. Every student of violin and cello should be following his page. But so should you. You have heard Andrew and his writing on Grammy winning hits by Macklemore and Kesha.
...and his work with folks like Ethan Anderson to save the music industry locally and globally with the Recording Academy / GRAMMYs is something to watch.
Or don't follow him and life will be a little less colorful and inspiring, but sometimes you don't notice how good life can be without good art and good friends.
In that respect Art is dangerous because you will need more. Andrew has plenty in the vault... ... See MoreSee Less
If you love music and want to make a difference, Please support our friend Andrew D.B. Joslyn and this important cause. #DistrictAdvocateI’m excited to be joining the @recordingacademy in an effort to push critical legislation to help music creators around the country get the support and financial assistance we so desperately need to stay afloat. I’m leading a couple of meetings with Senator Maria Cantwell and my state representative Pramila Jayapal - and looking forward to joining with my fellow musicians, industry professionals and educators on doing our part to preserve our industry during Covid-19. #districtadvocate ... See MoreSee Less