Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Marsheaux - Hanging On

Marsheaux are a Greek electronic duo from Thessaloniki, Greece. Comprised of Marianthi and Sophie, the girls formed Marsheaux in 2000 and recorded a cover of the classic electronic instrumental, Popcorn! as their debut single, which was released to much critical acclaim in Greece. I discovered Marsheaux in 2007 on Electronically Yours, a website that was first launched as a Human League fan page. Through the years EY has evolved to become one of the major portals of news and information on the internet for all things electronica.

(Marsheaux: Left, Marianthi; Right, Sophie.)

For my first post, I thought it only appropriate to share with you 'Hanging On' the first single from the girls second album 'Peek-a-Boo', which was released in 2007. I love how the girls have captured the spirit of the '80s in this song as well as the video. In fact, both girls write the majority of their demo tracks using the microKORG, a classic keyboard that can be heard on many electronic albums representative of the electronic music movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s. I feel it's important to note this attention to detail because electronic music today is primarily dominated by digital music looping machines that require little to no talent on the part of the user. At a time when music creation has turned, in large part, into the mixing of prepackaged sounds, it is refreshing to see a crop of young musicians using machines to create their own set of sounds, rhythms, melodies and harmonies.

When I first discovered Marsheaux I knew I had stumbled onto something special. You can learn more about Marsheaux at their official forum. Enjoy!

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