Updated: Mar 10
Welcome all to 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗹𝘆’𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗿, a series of weekly reviews by Charles Connolly - an artist in his own right. Here, Charles delves into the greatest brand new singles brought to you by the best unsigned artists on our electrifying and eclectic set of 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝘼𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙨𝙩 𝙎𝙥𝙤𝙩𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 playlists.
𝙏𝙞𝙥𝙨𝙮 - 𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙒𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙨
Charles refrains from plugging his upcoming single - out Friday! (oops!)
Remember when you were a child, confronted with your mother’s cooking? It may have been delectable foodstuffs, but do you remember how you used to eat it? In order from worst to best…? Depending on your preference it was always a case of saving the meat or the potato for the last thing to throw down your gullet. Remember to chew, or you’ll choke! Well I chewed all I could over the last few weeks, devouring song after song, and scribing thought after thought. It’s been a wonderful journey so far in the New Artist Spotlight. But some may have wondered why I have never reviewed a debatably obvious choice. Like mama’s culinary achievements - one could say I was saving the best till last. Not that I plan to stop any time soon…! FINALLY, the no-doubt long awaited review of Marble Waves, with their song, Tipsy.
What a glossy colossus of natural talent. Slick, yet utterly organic, Marble Waves rides the waves, and waves goodbye to obscurity. A folk/pop band from Dutchland, or Holland, or more correctly the Netherlands, and more specifically Amsterdam, Marble Waves is fronted by the ever-charming Eveline Armina Haverlag, who personally won 2020’s irritatingly titled ‘I Can See Your Voice’ talent show in the Netherlands. The band usually goes for a more folk-based ethic, but is not averse to delving into the world of pop. This may concern the purists among you, but I assure you, it is not forced and is utterly natural. Let’s face it, a pop sound helps if you want to become known. But it is not worth bothering with if pop is not in your veins. If forced, it will be clear to the listener, and you will possibly not only fail, but may run the risk of losing the fans you have nurtured from a younger age. In short - or long - pop can be a dangerous game, but Eveline and her band of cohorts fight the system and invite themselves to play.
They come out shining! We all seem to have a soft spot for Marble Waves, and have done since we first clapped ears on them. But my favourite so far from their self-titled EP has to be Tipsy. It is maybe less grand and less serious than we have heard in the past. But this is what gives it charm, life and light. Rutger Louwerse starts us off with a solid slow bossa nova to swing us in the mood. Then Frank Geerlings’ melodic acoustic guitar line hits with precision and confidence. Amé Staal lays down the grounding and foundation on bass, coupled with Frank’s layered strumming. The band’s leader steals the melody on verse one. Eveline has such a versatile and pleasing voice. It is different from what we tend to be pushed these days, but it is also somehow familiar and warm. She makes singing seem utterly effortless and joyful, to the point where, despite its urgency, it is relaxed and we can actually hear her winking smile. Or, ‘I Can See Your Voice’. Maybe they hadn’t completely lost their minds when naming the show.
Melody is where the band truly becomes magical. Our singer is never afraid to leap up or drop down the scale. Her enunciation is flawless and clear while remaining smooth and never brittle in the slightest. As with last week’s review, we stay with one chord for the entirety of the song. But Eveline’s melody just keeps on flying and soaring to new heights. The band gives us a soft choir of oohs as we sail into the unbelievably catchy chorus. Our crooner really shows off her diverse vocal talents further, with an immense power to control and shape tone. She plays the game and has fun. Luckily for us, her fun is infectious.
The band has just released a wonderful yet simple music video for the song, and I do feel it very much enhances and completes the song. Everything seems to be going right with Marble Waves. When asked about how they achieved any of their successes - there are many - their modest and almost humble reply is, “Luck”…! Although there is always an element of luck involved in the industry, a less humble reply would have been “Talent”, but they are far too well-mannered to say this. I don’t have to wish them luck on their journey, as I feel it is simply a matter of time until they hit big.
Marble Waves surely did whet my appetite. Luckily, mama’s cooking up a real treat tonight. For old times' sake, I’ll save the best till last.
Listen to 𝙏𝙞𝙥𝙨𝙮 on the Connolly’s Corner Spotify playlist HERE!
Listen to 𝙏𝙞𝙥𝙨𝙮 on the Connolly’s Corner Apple Music playlist HERE!
Watch the 𝙏𝙞𝙥𝙨𝙮 music video HERE!
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