NEW video from the NEW album from MIKE MARLIN.
MIKE MARLIN ‘THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS’
NEW ALBUM OUT MAY 6TH 2016
Q MAGAZINE “Songs about serial killers, sex and death feel like lost late-’70s classics, a great, growling rock voice and a brilliant record?”
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY “Part Leonard Cohen’s The Future, part early Psychedelic Furs, Grand Reveal could be the work of a rock veteran. The most refreshing thing about it is its total disregard for musical trends.”
Mike Marlin’s new album The Secret Of My Success (see what he did there?) is the follow up to 2013’s widely lauded Grand Reveal and probably the strangest record you will hear all year. I say “probably” because 2016 is still young and we don’t know yet what Marlin has planned for the rest of the year. Marlin has suggested before that he believes in “making cathedrals out of matchsticks” and perhaps The Secret Of My Success is the fruition of this ultimately rather terrifying and abstract concept; with this record Mike has built the cathedral and burnt it down. Sardonically self-mocking, enigmatic and yet engaging, the album is full of darkly strategic reminiscences on a wide spectrum of topics dealing with compromise, disappointment and stifled ambition (Like A Photograph), descent into dementia (Avalanche), the vast scale of the universe and the meaning of a single life (Whale Hill and Missing Piece), the constant war between the false gods of science and religion (Gravity Lies), and the complex emotional webs that entangle and define us (The Secret and Caroline). Ultimately, it’s a collaboration between Marlin and celebrated Scottish collage artist and Aspect art prizewinner Colin Brown (www.colinbrown.eu) who has created paintings to accompany each song on the album; the paintings developed after long conversations during which Marlin would discuss the songs and supply photographs and art clippings whilst Brown took notes and sketched ideas. The resultant combination is an art project featuring both the aural aspects of Mike’s songs and the visual components of Colin’s interpretations of the songs.
The first taster from the album comes in the form of a video for ‘The Secret’
With artist Colin Brown’s significant contribution to this record, it follows naturally that the launch of The Secret of My Success will be an art exhibition with live music. For a week, starting on the 25th of April, Colin Brown’s artwork will be on display at Gallery Different (http://www.gallerydifferent.co.uk/home), a gallery in Fitzrovia that presents contemporary painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography and mixed media from British and international artists. On the 26th and 27th April there will be live performances by Mike Marlin and the Melomaniacs. The album will be made available from May 5th and in addition to releasing ‘The Secret of My Success’ as a CD and digitally online, the album will also be available as a double vinyl in a limited edition box-set also containing the CD and a beautifully crafted book featuring Colin’s paintings alongside lyrics and further writing by Mike. The box-set will be available at Gallery Different.