ALBUM REVIEW: Marker Starling – High January | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 24.04.20






It’s a pretty scary time but the palm trees on the cover of Marker Starling’s new album dance on through the tempest, reflecting songwriter Chris A. Cummings’ resilience. He sways from straight sincerity to knowing irony and back with ease. His dry humour would riff well with The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt but unlike Merritt, Cummings, along with producer, Sean O’Hagan and guest vocalist, Laetitia Sadler of Stereolab, punctuates his nod and wink with syncopated guitar splangs, lush leccy piano and a sparse, stepping and shuffling backbeat.

A celebration of pastness but not without its contemporaries. The winds lash and the view from the window gets bleaker daily but it remains a fine place to live. 


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