With the release of her new five-song EP, “A Little Something,” the native New Yorker has stepped out from the musical shadows into the bright light of her own sound. Indeed, “A Little Something” is a big dose of revelation. Marino’s name may be new to you, and “A Little Something” definitely signals a new chapter in her career - one that she intends on nurturing with plenty of live performances in the coming months. But she’s no stranger to the music industry, having fronted November Project, the second coming of Celtic-tinted faves October Project, at the age of 18. More recently she recorded a full length CD for Atlantic’s defunct Lava imprint entitled “Ghost of You” which can now be purchased on itunes, her website and live shows. Both experiences were valuable stepping stones en route to the forthright tone of her new EP. “The new music is more organic sounding – much less polished, and definitely does a better job of featuring my voice,” she says. “I’m proud of my past accomplishments, but this is more suited to my creative vision than any of the other things I’ve tried. And yet, I needed to try those things in order to get here. To me, these songs are satisfying in their ultimate simplicity.” Let MaryAnne Marino tantalize your musical senses with “A Little Something.”
MaryAnne Marino - vocal & acoustic guitar
Doug Yowell - drummer
Thad DeBrock- Electric guitars
"Ghost of You"
"a little something"
Let's Get Married
Ghost of You
Goodbye My Love
Dear Mom and Dad
Forever is Mine
Life less ordinary
For One Moment
Turn It Around
New music spotlight: MaryAnne Marino
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“Fall feels like spring / when you’re in love.” This simple sentiment is one of the first to spri...“Fall feels like spring / when you’re in love.”
This simple sentiment is one of the first to spring from MaryAnne Marino’s new EP, A Little Something, and, as the album’s title suggests, the emotions on display here are miniature in scale, but in Marino’s hands, reach deep into the gut and stick with you.
Marino’s sound sits somewhere between folk and pop, and her smoke-tinged vocals come across as a more straightforward Natalie Merchant, a less country-flecked Lucinda Williams.
The songs are rich in melody but retain a simplicity that lends to their effectiveness. The EP gets off to a rollicking start with Let’s Get Married, an ebullient ode to the simple joys of married life. It’s a bouncy and effervescent track, but Marino acknowledges that there’s a flip side of joy, and in a moody tune like Forever is Mine, she mines the sadness of love that didnt’ quite make it to forever.
There’s a cool distance in Marino’s songs, even when unabashedly singing the marriage proposal of love and life, and the approach pays off. These aren’t the histrionics of an overly-indulgent singer-songwriter laying bare her private world. Instead, Marino comes across as a confident, commanding woman in control of both her emotions and her world. The currents run deep, but they don’t overrun the enterprise, lending Marino’s EP an enigmatic, seductive air that compels.
It makes you hungry for more of her take on the world, a little more something of love, loss and melody.
-Cody Daigle, 8/20/09
Artist: MaryAnne Marino Title: A Little Something EP Rating: 8 out of 10
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MaryAnne Marino has been involved in the music scene for many years, even though she’s still young. ...MaryAnne Marino has been involved in the music scene for many years, even though she’s still young. She got her start performing at talent shows and by the age of 15 already had landed a job with a band. So unlike most teenagers her weekends were spent fibbing about her age in able to get into the places where her band was performing.
She was part of the November Project, performing, touring and also found on the bands 1999, “A Thousand Days” EP. She had some bad luck when the now defunct label Lava Records that she was signed with decided not to release her full-length album entitled, Ghost Of You (2005), although you can now purchase that release on her website or at live shows from her.
Now Marino is back with her 5-song, A Little Something EP. With only 17 minutes of music found on it the EP ends much too soon.
The EP’s first track, “Lets Get Married,” is a horn filled, up-tempo song dealing with young love and thoughts of having the perfect family.
Track-2, “Life Less Ordinary,” is a nice acoustic track. Track-3, “Tell Me,” offers up a nice rich arrangement. Track-4, “Forever is Mine,” is a nice medium tempo acoustic ballad.
Things wrap up with track-5, “Start Again,” a medium tempo folk rock song that talks about turning the page and starting over.
MaryAnne Marino’s music has a rich, organic flow, mixing acoustic, pop and folk music styles resulting in music that is very soothing for the soul.
MaryAnne Marino : A Little Something EP :: Review
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MaryAnne Marino’s “A Little Something EP” is a collection of lush folk pop songs that immediately re...MaryAnne Marino’s “A Little Something EP” is a collection of lush folk pop songs that immediately recall the vocal styles of Carole King and Shawn Colvin. Each song is direct, there’s not a lot of room for filler within these songs. MaryAnne Marino’s guitar playing is clean and rich sounding, which suits the organic production on these tracks.
The EP kicks off with “Let’s Get Married” a strummy staccato ode to the early novelty of young love. As the EP progresses, there are tinges of self doubt and a melancholy shadow pervades on “Tell Me” and “Forever is Mine.” “A Little Something” closes with “Start Again” an upbeat song featuring a subversive synth along with a sharply strummed melody. “A Little Something EP” showcases a new talent ready to be discovered by the masses.
Pop and folk rock singer to perform in LA New Yorker MaryAnne Marino shares her musical talents this April
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In an industry that is constantly flourishing and expanding, it is difficult for any musician to be ...In an industry that is constantly flourishing and expanding, it is difficult for any musician to be heard.
For MaryAnne Marino, shifting from the lead vocalist of the November Project to a soloist didn't make her any quieter.
Monday, the New Yorker will play at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles at 7PM.
A seasoned darling of the New York City music scene, the singer and songwriter possesses a soft, dreamy voice with a rare essence that doesn't need the support of instruments.
Still, the conglomeration of her sing-song, melodic voice with the up-beat rhythm of her band produces a Jason Mraz quality in some of her songs.
Her "Ghost of You" album, released 2006, is available for free with the purchase of her T-shirt on her website.
Her new EP "A Little Something", featuring the melodic song "Let's Get Married" will be available on iTunes at the end of the month.
Although Marino's music is definitely not the kind to blast in car stereos, its voluptuous quality is worth more than just a taste. It's worth the whole bite.
Now Hear This: Mary Anne Marino
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With all of this Coachella and Stagecoach and Street Jam business, it has been a long time since I d...With all of this Coachella and Stagecoach and Street Jam business, it has been a long time since I did a Now Hear This feature.
Thanks to a friend out there in the music ether, I have discovered singer-songwriter Mary Anne Marino.
She has a bit of a Sara Bareilles vibe to her on the upbeat songs, with a voice that has a certain Joni Mitchell quality to it.
I'm really digging the "Let's Get Married" track on her MySpace page. I'm a sucker for horns. "Forever Is Mine," is a nice ballad, too.
She's at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles on Monday, April 6.
My set list changes depending on the event or venue I'm performing at. A typical set list will be something like this:
HOTEL CAFÉ SET LIST 4/6/09
1. Start Again
2. Life Less ordinary
3. Tell Me
4. Ghost of You
6. Let’s Get Married
7. Dear Mom and Dad
8. All in Time
9. Forever is Mine
I can also play cover songs ranging from classic folk rock to contemporary singer/songwriters. If hired for a specific event I will accept requests.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.