Marshall Brown
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Marshall Brown

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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Listening to Marshall Brown’s latest album, High Noons, is very similar to going on a psychedelic trip... High Noons sound is similar to The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Kinks, and, even at times, Radiohead. It has a clear 60’s-influenced guitar, reverb, and hollow echoes that create a colorful eccentric sound. High Noons sounds as if “A Day In The Life” by The Beatles was made into an entire album." - We Are The Upstate


"He writes good ass tunes. He has an amazing voice. If you haven’t heard his music or seen him live, you’re messing up." - SceneSC


"Despite his enormous songwriting talent, Marshall Brown’s sharpest weapon is his voice. It drips sincerity with little audible effort and without sounding hammy or hackneyed. He regularly garners comparisons to Jeff Buckley and I’d have to say that’s pretty spot-on. Although Marshall’s music exists in more psychedelic, opiate-friendly territory, both artists revel in the same breathlessly ethereal soundscapes and have voices that can seemingly do anything." - Stereofly


"In [Marshall's] world, time did not pass and he did not throw back. Marshall’s clock broke. So he stayed right there. In an era where albums, like his second full-length album High Noons, are full of carefully crafted songs. Songs that blend into other songs with otherworldly transitions, backward instruments and seemingly non-musical noises that take it from just an album experience to a tour of the wonderful, dynamic Kingdom that is the music of Marshall Brown." - Stereofly


"The songs are outstanding. At times the album is loud and swirls around your head and at others is broken down to beautiful vocals and piano. An album that you can appreciate for how real it is in an age of replacing snare drum hits and tuning vocals during production." - SceneSC


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Columbia, SC musician Marshall Brown has made quite a name for himself. Having been labeled as one of the best musical artists of the South, he is already a regular feature in a variety of print and online publications, radio shows, and podcasts throughout the Southeast. Brown's music is a staple in the South Carolina music scene and is steadily on the rise. His music is unique and infectious, described by one review as a mix of "eerily beautiful vocal melodies floating on expressive guitar licks within layered dream-like states all nestled between rhythmic waves of Pixies-esque raw energy."

In 2010, Marshall Brown re-emerged from a 2-year hiatus after his previous project as songwriter and frontman to the band The Reverie. He exploded back onto the music scene with the surprise release of his debut solo album titled New Moons. Brown recorded the entire album himself at home (with the exception of drums), utilizing the same methods and techniques as some of his favorite artists and predecessors of the 1960's. He quickly garnered a great deal of attention and praise for, not only his innate talent in songwriting, but also his specific recording style, even further personalizing his signature sound.

Brown continued to use this style of recording when he subsequently (and impressively) released a follow-up 5-track EP, 3-track Single and then a second full 13-track LP titled High Noons in the following 18 months. High Noons ("sister album" to his debut New Moons) gained even more notoriety and popularity. It has even been compared to The Beatles' famous album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band! One review stated that listening to High Noons was "as if The Beatles' song A Day In The Life was made into an entire album."

The recordings became such a hit that public pressure to perform them live was overwhelming. Being labeled a "musician's musician," Brown found himself surrounded by talented musicians eager to back him live. His full backing band (comprised of self-proclaimed "avid fans" of Brown's music) has now become yet another arm of the Marshall Brown enterprise...and a strong one at that. To the delight of his fans, his backing band allowed Brown to bring his signature recording style and the playful nature of his albums to life. His full band performance is a definite "can't miss" and delivers a sound so emotionally thick it even becomes tangible to the audience.

Proving that he is no stranger to hard work, Brown joined two other bands, became a regular guest musician in a number of other projects, continued to gain popularity performing solo and his full band, yet still somehow made time to continue writing and recording new material! Not even a year after High Noons was released, Brown released a 3-track single titled Winter Brings The Spring Fever. This release announced the arrival of his third and latest full-length album Through Vivaldian Colored Glasses.

Through Vivaldian Colored Glasses was released on Valentine's Day of 2013. It has already gained a great deal of popularity (having almost half the tracks in radio airplay), and in many ways showcases the best of Brown's music. Recorded completely at home in his signature style, Brown chose to have his latest 13-track LP mastered at The Jam Room studios in Columbia, SC. This allowed for the music to be a higher quality listening experience while keeping all of the greatness that goes into his recording process intact.

Brown's musical influences definitely bleed into his music, but he has managed to do what most artists cannot: Make it his own. Listening to Brown's music, you can hear (and feel) the clear vision, spirit and talent of the legends who gave birth to Brown's music such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Donovan, The Kinks, and even the vocal stylings of Jeff Buckley. However, when all of these influences hit your hear, there is a certain stylistic solidarity that is Marshall Brown. In fact, he just may be the next 'big thing' to come out of South Carolina.