Quite Nice opened things up with their harmonious and easy going tunes. Check out my pics of them here.
Marlon and the band took to the stage, starting off with a collection of powerful tunes, mostly from The Circle. They brought the dynamics down in the middle of the set, shedding band members from the stage as the songs got more intimate and introspective. Of course, they brought things back into full swing for act three of the set, highlighting more strong songs from The Circle. Over the course of the main set, we heard the entirety of the new release, plus great songs from Marlon's first release Wanderer by Trade and singles "Fossils" and "Annabelle + Someone". Finishing up with an encore of "In Stars" from Wanderer by Trade was a perfect closure for the set.
The Circle is a powerful album and this show was a great showcase for the new release and Marlon's past catalogue. The Circle is a diverse collection of tunes showing the breadth and depth of Marlon's songwriting, musical vision and performing talent. The harder edged songs are direct and impactful with layers of emotion, sophistication and melody; the softer songs rich, lush and tender; and The Circle covers plenty of ambitious, dynamic ground in between.
This was my fourth Marlon Chaplin show. Check out my photos from his show at NXNE 2018, NXNE 2017 and Lee's Palace in 2016 by clicking through the links.
Please check out some of Marlon's great tunes:
"Take Me There"