A hard to describe album. Reminds me of early Prince and Lauryn Hill but less egocentric. A brave record as it's sparse (lots of spaces between the lows, mids and highs) and almost acoustic in feel, but the sheer quality of the voice and musicians makes it seem effortless. Very special.
wah wah guitar, horn section, pumping bassline, punchy organ and funky drums - need anything else? By the way this is sophisticated stuff musically, it gives you a musical education dressed up as something to get down to.
A gangly Welsh kid playing an African instrument. What's this all about? It's mesmerising stuff. One moment it's foreign, alien, African music (to a westerner's ears) the next it is British and pastoral sounding and where each begins and ends is hard to say. All that stuff about music being a common language is usually nonsense but this chap really proves it. However, leaving aside the musings about music and the world it's really beautiful stuff regardless.
A very original voice. Hopefully will soon appeal to a wider audience than bassheads. What to expect from this album... imagine Todd Rundgren and Jaco Pastorius mashed up with electronica. That description is a bit unfair as Marien has very much his own style.
If you hear Aeon and don't play it about 900 times in a row you've got no soul.