MARKER STARLING SHARES NEW SONG & VIDEO – ‘UPHILL BATTLE’
LIVE DATE ANNOUNCED: 15TH APRIL @ SHACKLEWELL ARMS, LONDON
NEW ALBUM ROSY MAZE RELEASED 30TH MARCH ON TIN ANGEL RECORDS
A sanguine dream of McCartney pop, Brazilian bossa nova, 1960s movie soundtrack sparkle and stoned Beach Boys baroque melodies, Rosy Maze is a new album from cult Toronto troubadour Chris A. Cummings, set for release 30th March on Tin Angel Records.
Cummings has announced a new live show at London’s Shacklewell Arms, and to celebrate he has shared a brand new song and video from the album. ‘Uphill Battle’ was shot in Toronto, directed by Chandler Levack and is a spoof of John Cassavete’s classic 1970 film Husbands. The Line Of Best Fit, who premiered the video, described it as“bafflingly great, utterly timeless.”
Watch the ‘Uphill Battle’ vido here
Previously, Cummings shared his own song ‘Husbands’, the glorious storytelling song about a lost weekend that serves as the lead single, and its charming video.
The album seeps such sunshine that you almost believe him when he insists on its poppy charmer of a second track:“you are talking to a guy who’s never had a sad day in his life.” Recorded across four years and written across fifteen, the record – Cummings’ first as Marker Starling having blazed trails in Canadian avant-pop under the guise of Mantler since 2000 – has slow-burned into existence, maturing with its maker, who became a dad for the first time during its conception.
The result is a record defiant in its optimism, even when tinged with melancholy. “I try to be cheerful, without being sickeningly so,” states Cummings, “but also without being too depressing.” It’s a balance expertly measured, that cuts through your defences like a machete through butter.
Marker Staring Rosy Maze tracklisting
Flower Of Laughter
I Guarantee You A Good Time II
Rosy Aedicule (Interlude I)
Hue And Cry
Heed The Call
Bright As Day
Only Speak Your Name
Jealousy Edit (Interlude II)
Searching For A Song