Alt-R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Marshall Vincent announces his new EP In No Particular Order, a collection of five tracks out 17th September on SA Recordings.
Inspired by his time spent living in Berlin, New York, and Chicago, Marshall weaves together a soulful blend of orchestral, electronic, pop, and folk elements to tell stories of life and love in vivid colour. Songs that are a mix of heartfelt ballads, haunting basslines, and dramatic strings draw a strong line to the alternative R&B of Moses Sumney, and the folky inspired songs of Kate Bush.
Following a series of EPs that have garnered him critical praise – as well as landing him a support set for Kelsey Lu – In No Particular Order draws upon a multidisciplinary background spanning orchestral and theatrical training to explore the idea of ‘provocative healing’ – the use of pain, conflict, and emotional turmoil to create love, honesty, and intimacy.
Employing this proactive approach to emotional growth, Marshall’s songs are concerned not only with the nuances of love and emotion, but also with deeper identity issues such as race and sexuality, harvesting a deep, radical sensitivity to find power in pain.
Sonically, Marshall’s music can be defined as intimate R&B, but there are threads of classical, folk, and electronic present, and all woven together with the aim of honest, universal storytelling. More important than genre is the pursuit of clarity and meaning, and as such, the references found within Marshall’s work are abundant.
‘’I have always been quite sensitive, since I was a child. I also experienced hardships that made me closed off, cold, and detached. I had to learn to face my pain.
This fight manifested itself into creation. The ability and need to create my own world helped me see myself in others. In a way, it feels no different than the creation of a universe… my mania, my intensity, and my stress go into themselves, and they explode in these moments… sonic textures, movements, visual cues… all acting as tools to put me back together.’’
Alongside today’s announcement, Marshall shares the first single and video for ‘If I Was Your Lover’.
‘’When I wrote this tune, I wanted to imagine myself successful at love and relationships. It represents the promises I wish I could give and those I wish were given to me; attention, understanding, and that care and empathy that we tend to give to dear friends but not those who we are intimate with. It’s a dream, and something quite heavy, and probably one of the most unapologetically pop songs I’ve ever made.”
Honing in on a learned and passionate affinity for songwriting and performance, In No Particular Order presents Marshall Vincent in full control of his narrative, fusing disparate references into one cohesive vision for what is sure to be one of the year’s most affecting releases.