Marcus Whale shares new single ‘My Captain’
– Announces upcoming debut album Inland Sea –
STREAM MARCUS WHALE’S ‘MY CAPTAIN’ HERE
‘We think of history in distant terms, through its exotic otherness. Inside our present, though, are ghostly threads from the past that are inseparable from our everyday – our languages, our politics, our identities. The songs that form Inland Sea represent my way of navigating the colonial origins that haunt my present. “My Captain” is a queer origin story, referring to the legend of Captain Moonlite and James Nesbitt, criminals and lovers in the primitive 19th Century colony of Victoria.
Moonlite and Nesbitt’s mythology is situated in darkness, desperation and failure; less bushrangers than starving vagabonds out of work, these lovers (along with a band of impoverished boys) were cornered at a sheep station by police in a gunfight, Nesbitt dying from gunshot wounds in Moonlite’s arms.
In writing the song, i was thinking of this image of the dead boy and imagining a kind of magical Lazarus moment, in which the queer act, to be given and taken by another man, has the power to create a new body and a new life, one that is inaccessible to the colony and the state.
In “My Captain”, I’m singing about being transformed – to be reborn in the face of a colony based on dispossession, hierarchy and control. I want my queerness to reject the heteronormative forces that govern us, now and from the past. Against this background, “My Captain” is my hymn to the power of queer resistance.’
– Marcus Whale
After announcing himself as a solo-performer at the back-end of 2015 with stand-alone single ‘If (demo)’, Marcus Whale now turns his attention toward his substantial Inland Sea album release, scheduled for May this year via Good Manners Records. Premiering today on Red Bull Music, the record’s First track ‘My Captain’ is an insight into what to expect, challenging in its underlying themes and shifting sonic landscape.
Inland Sea – co-produced and mixed by Nigel Lee-Yang from iconic, forward thinkers HTRK, and featuring assistance from Bree Van Reyk (percussion, drums), Rainbow Chan (on ‘1888’) among others – is a record is not one that can be fit into any one genre, and one we are very privileged to be involved with.
Catch Marcus Whale Live:
February 8 – supporting Health (US) @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
March 25 – Single Launch @ Red Rattler, Marrickville, Sydney
‘If (demo) maintains a fittingly sparse beginning, eventually lifting into the familiar realm of dance that fans of Collarbones might come to expect.’ – Dummy
‘Opening with a sparse beauty of piano and vocal, Marcus Whale conducts a supernova sublimation into club territory, a transformation so subtly abrupt it takes immediate retrospection to even pinpoint the concise misdirection.’ – Beat Magazine (single of the week)
‘In the face of a sea of sameness that pervades much of Australian electronic music at present, ‘My Captain’ is refreshingly honest, original, and captivating.’ – Red Bull Music
‘This is a really impressive, not to mention unique solo debut from the enigmatic Sydney artist.’– Indie Shuffle