Marq DeSouza CD Review
Musicians these days tend to experiment and tend not to focus on a particular genre. This is usually done after the band has had acclaimed success, but for Marq DeSouza, I get the impression he really doesn’t care what others think, just as long as he gets his music out there.
You might be asking yourself, who is this Marq fellow? No it’s not a spelling mistake. It actually is spelt Marq and not Mark or Marc or whichever way you want to spell it. He is based from the talent filled city of Vancouver and is a singer/songwriter by nature. He has, however, been in various local indie bands, playing drums for Cinnamon, and fronting Solarbaby. But he has recently broken out and started writing on his own, with collaborations with local musicians, most notably Todd Kerns, the singer of a not so little band called “The Age of Electric” and the much acclaimed spin-off “Static in Stereo.” Marq has shared bills with such artists as Ben Kweller, Matthew Good, and even Nickelback. Marq has completed several solo discs, one had even been nominated for the best local debut in the Georgia Straight Music Awards.
His latest self-titled EP consists of 14 songs that range from classic rock to country and back to something I can’t even classify. Each song has its own unique blend of instrumental arrangements that are combined with thought provoking lyrics. No song sounds the same, but then again, none of the songs really stand out for me as well. Marq’s voice is not as strong and commanding as his lyrical content; His range is mainly in one key, however, it is a very nice key. The record starts off with the track “Prey Becomes Predator” which, to me, sounds a lot like glam rock, similar to his song titled “Some $, Somehow.” I can just picture it now, a band with spandex and makeup singing on the stage. “Daddy Doom” is soft rock meets country with lyrics that are pure poetry. It brings to light a tormented soul, having to do battle from within and fight inner demons. “Glimpse of Her” is very repetitive filled with the same seven words, “just to get a glimpse of her.” If you get a glimpse of her that often, I think it might be on the verge of stalking. “Razorburn” is the part of the CD where you can’t help but bring out your lighter and start waving your hands, but again Marq’s voice does not do the song justice. The one song that I did particularly like was “All You Had to Say Was Hi!,” which featured Amanda Sonic, a Los Angeles rocker. It’s actually a very cheesy song filled with a conversational interlude and a lot of cowbell. That’s probably why I like it. No one can ever go wrong with more cowbell. The record concludes with “Divided Highway,” which was recorded live off the floor. It’s a nice end to this eclectic album. The song slows the pace down and provides a retrospective of the entire album. Marq is a very talented songwriter and he will probably continue to compose music for the rest of his life, even if it doesn’t bring him the success most people desire. He will always stay true to his heart.