Irish Songwriter Marc Carroll has announced a single, ‘The Fool Disguised In Beggars Clothes’ to be released on 4th February – to preview his 4th solo album, ‘Stone Beads & Silver’.
Filling the ranks of Marc’s studio band are some of the best working in American music today, including Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), Nelson Bragg & Probyn Gregory (Brian Wilson), McKenzie Smith (Midlake) as well as legendary former Bob Dylan sideman and Levon Helm band leader, Larry Campbell. For the first time Marc hired a defacto producer – Grammy Award winner Chris Testa (Jimmy Eat World, Band Of Horses, Dixie Chicks) to work alongside him on the sessions. “I liked Chris when I met him and I think we worked well together. I thought it would be interesting to let someone else in on the act. ”
Several strands are woven into the fabric of the music (“Dylan’s Daniel Lanois productions are the stylistic touchstone” notes Uncut). Folk and country influences and instrumentation can be found on tracks like the mesmerising, haunting, album opener, “Muskingum River”. Other songs evoke the space and distance of the deserts and coasts of California while “Sat Neath Her Window” could almost be a traditional folk song.
Lyrically astute as ever, songs like “The Fool Disguised in Beggars Clothes” reveal a poised sense of poetry and observation, while “(It Was) Lust Not Love” once again demonstrates Marc’s ability to fire off a 3 minute pop song with ease. With good reason he has been declared as “One of the finest songwriters putting pen to paper.”
We took a listen to the single, ‘The Fool Disguised In Beggars Clothes’ and here’s what we thought:
‘The Fool Disguised In Beggars Clothes’ has a tapping rhythm, and a blue-smoked voice that drools stains of smudged carbon. The song is an accumulation of impeccable rivulets of pain and light-headed walking madness. And, as the rhythm picks up, haunted by ghostly sounds in the middle distance, the jangles keep you listening until the moment the singer limps off… and into the lonely night. -© Neil_Mach January 2013
Marc takes to the road in FEBRUARY for rare UK dates, starting with an intimate show at The Enterprise, Haverstock Hill NW3 on THURSDAY 31st JANUARY before embarking on the following dates (more tbc):
Sun 3 – BIRMINGHAM, Yardbird Jazz Club
Tues 5 – GLASGOW, Broadcast
Wed 6 – NEWCASTLE, The Think Tank
Thurs 7 – MANCHESTER, Castle