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by Marley Carroll

Marley Carroll crafts lush, melancholy indie pop songs tethered to abstracted electronic rhythms.
Genre: Rock: Noise
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1. For North Carolina
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2. Meaning Leaving
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3. Highway Hearts
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4. Flying Nomura Theme Parts 1 And 2
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5. A Day When Love Songs Make Sense
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6. Parhelic Circle
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7. Play Black In Snow Motion
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8. First Impressions
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9. Melanaster
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10. The End
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Album Notes
Producer and multi-instrumentalist Marley Carroll spent nearly four years perfecting his debut full-length LP, “melanaster,” a meticulously-crafted collection of melancholy pop songs that combines aesthetics from genres as diverse as indie rock, hip-hop, IDM, shoegaze, “world” music traditions (Indian, Middle Eastern, Balinese) and free jazz.

Though not a concept record, “melanaster” has a theme: the ocean. The title itself comes from the Latin name for a particular species of jellyfish. The record deals with familiar themes like isolation, displacement, and identity, and attempts to create those vast places that no one has ever seen. Vocals are subdued and sometimes indistinct, instruments are cavernous and distant, and field recordings of rain, snow, and surf stitch the songs together to a continuous flow of subdued consciousness. What comes out are smeared pop songs tethered to abstracted electronic rhythms. Fans of Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine, The Notwist and Squarepusher might find something to like here, but “melanaster” is more than an amalgamation of influences.

This debut represents an extraordinary artistic achievement: a record completely self-produced, with every instrument and vocal performed and recorded (or, in the case of the electronics, programmed) by Carroll. This is a record that is uniquely his, for better or for worse.


A relentless student of music, Marley began his scholarship at the age of nine, taking (like many children) classical piano and guitar lessons and learning simple recital pieces. At twelve he discovered his lifelong love when he received his first drum set, and soon began studying classical and jazz percussion with acclaimed percussionist Rick Dior. In the meantime he was introduced to the world of hip-hop (specifically the turntablist tradition) and began producing electronic music and DJing around the age of fifteen. A mere two years later he claimed his first major hip-hop battle victory, and became known as Charlotte’s premiere turntablist at the prodigious age of seventeen. He decided to extend his love of music to his education, and his studies eventually brought him to the California Institute of the Arts, where his knowledge was broadened to include Indian and Balinese music traditions, modern IDM and glitch, experimental performance practices, jazz harmony and rigorous scholarship in Western classical music. In his self-produced debut record “melanaster,” he pieces together all of these diverse musical traditions into a cohesive, all-encompassing whole.


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JD Mills

Grabs you and doesn't let go
I've been listening to this album for four days straight. It's hard to put a listening experience like this into words, but I'll try.

This album delivers. Steady beats guide you deeper into fresh and unusual musical territory. Think Incubus, but more subdued. Think Radiohead, but less abstract.

There's so much music rolled up in this little $9.99 labor of love, and it's all perfectly tuned and blissfully orchestrated.

Everyone I play this for wants to hear more. Get your own copy and show your appreciation for real music.

Zane Carney

Electronica meets musicality with a heart and purpose
I met Marley through a friend, and once I bought his CD I listened to it pretty much non-stop for a few days (I think Regina Spektor was the only one fighting for space in my stereo.) All that Marley told me was that a Melanaster is a type of Jelly Fish, and so I listened to the album with as much openess as possible while still keeping that in mind. From the first song I was hooked in and felt like I was experiencing something truly special, and as of right now (about a week after buying it) I've listened to it about 4 times through from start to finish, and very intently at that. My personal favorite is Parhelic Circle, only because I feel like that is where the album climaxes musically and lyrically - but, this is definitely a concept album so there isn't really a need to judge it by its parts, I just suggest sampling that if you're going to give a quick listen to one song. I'm pretty sure that you'll be hearing a lot more from Marley Carroll, and because of his extremely developed musicianship I think he's going to gain a lot of respect from songwriters and instrumentalists alike.

Jonathan Scales

Marley Carroll is the new hotness.
I love the way that Marley Carroll takes complex, intricate,
"electronic" rhythms and intertwines them with lush chords and simple, effective melodies to create a unique musical landscape. His versatility and vast musical knowledge is definitly displayed on the album "Melanaster". My
personal favorites are "highway hearts", "parhelic circle", and "flying nomura theme...". I can't wait to see what Marley Carroll comes out with next! the meantime, definitly absorb as much Melanaster as you can!


Droppin' science like this is Hip-Hope.
Definite heat.