Marle Thomson: A Gentle Blend of Folk and Electronica

By Alex Brown - 23.1.17

Marle Thomson is a Dutch singer-songwriter with a twist of electronica. Not enough to be typecast among the (literal) millions of aspiring bedroom producers out there, many of them from her country of residence, but rather tastefully so. She first came to our attention with her sparse and spacey single ‘Satellites’, with a 'folktronica' approach somewhere between Iron and Wine and The Postal Service. Her crossover style embraces the best of both worlds, being harmonically rich and delicately crafted. ‘Satellites’ has all the power and intrigue of weightlessness.

Thomson’s style first caught our ear with the release of her debut EP ‘The Canopy’ in 2016. Drawing influences from artists such as Laura Mvula, Lianne La Havas and Sufjan Stevens, her new offering is a sparsely rhythmic ballad intersecting soul, folk and warm electronica. Her single, pure vocal holds together the gentle finger-picking of the acoustic guitar and stellar pads.

“When I wrote this song,” explains Thomson, “the first sentence that came to me was “cause we're weightless, weightless, weightless for a night”. To me ‘Satellites’ is a love story in space, a journey of two people weightlessly hovering between the earth and the stars. I wanted to create a light-dreamy vibe, with a subtle dark impending thought: was it all a dream?”

‘Satellites’ will be available via City Lark music on February 17th 2017.

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