Marker Starling: I'm Willing

I'm Willing

Marker Starling

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  • Release Date 09 December 2016
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Product code
TAR056LP
Format
Vinyl LP
Label
Tin Angel

Arriving hot on the heels of his March 2015 album Rozy Maze – a sanguine dream of McCartney pop, 1960s movie soundtrack sparkle with stoned Beach Boys melodies, released on Tin Angel Records – I'm Willing sees Marker move further away from his previous guise, Mantler, under which he released four cult acclaimed albums on German imprint Tomlab. “I wanted to make an album that would contrast strongly with my previous one,” explains Marker.

“It was my first time making a record outside of Toronto, and without any of my usual collaborators.” The opportunity had come up to make a record in a small studio on the fringes of Paris with Laetitia Sadier producer Emmanuel Mario, “so naturally I wanted to make that happen! But I only had two months before the session, and I quickly had the idea to make an all-covers record, which had been a long-simmering idea of mine.”

The result is a tender patchwork essay on the nature of love that, across 10 spell-binding covers, adventures through ecstatic proto-disco ('For Real', originally by Flowers), Brazilian Tropicalia (Caetano Veloso's 'Lost In The Paradise'), spiritual jazz (Doug Hammond's 'Moves'.) Stereolab's Sadier turns up on a rendition of Bobby Cole's 'Perfect Day' that dials down the scatty fervour of the original in favour of something more svelte.

“Let's forget all our troubles and sorrows,” sings Marker on the album's defiantly upbeat closing track, a cover of Brazilian MPB mainstay Ivan Lins. “This is the smiling hour.” Warm, wise and wonderful, the beautiful I'm Willing will put a grin on your face that long outlasts 60 minutes.

Tracklisting
1. Stormy
2. Perfect Day
3. I'm Willing
4. For Real
5. Amsterdam
6. Lost In Paradise
7. Meaning Of Love
8. Would You Believe In Me
9. Moves
10. The Smiling Hour

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