Exclusive: Indie Outfit MARLBORO Make Their Psych-Tinged Debut With "Frances Ethel Gumm"
Dante DeFelice has been a staple of the Hudson Valley music scene for years, channeling his passion for music across a variety of projects, touching his tiny hometown of Marlboro with moments of sonic divinity. Now he returns once again with MARLBORO, a self-proclaimed anti-folk band which finds DeFelice accompanied by good friends Elliot Cash on electric guitar, Duncan Clark on bass, Matt Bliss on percussion, and Sean Merryman on keys. The result is a searing blend of folk twang and rock rage, spliced by psychedelic and punk influence.
Today — right here, right now — we’re stoked to exclusively premiere “Frances Ethel Gumm,” the lead single off MARLBORO’s upcoming debut album, Convertible Life. According to DeFelice, “Frances Ethel Gumm was Judy Garland's birth name. I bought the double vinyl of her performing live at Carnegie Hall and I was clearly listening to it quite a bit while I was writing the song. I attempted to parallel my unknown future of success with that of Frances Ethel Gumm before she was the infamous Dorothy. I might never be as big or talented or loved as Judy Garland but I can sure try.”
The unconventional ode to a legend kicks off with a drowsy arrangement of the unified twang of strum and steady percussion before we get our first taste of DeFelice’s vocals, a distinct brand of quivering croon. After the first verse — slinking along with the kind of abstract but poetic lyricism DeFelice has mastered — the arrangement picks up, each member of MARLBORO effectively cranking up the notch on their respective talents. There are still moments to follow where the rhythm line drops out and things get woozy with a slow bass-driven drone, but at other points, the drums offer a robust base for searing electric and the shy plink of keys. The track is four minutes of this push-and-pull between languishing folk and in-your-face garage-rock treatment, an unexpected dyad fostered thoughtfully by MARLBORO for a hard-hitting ode with a heartbeat.
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Featured photo by Tifani Truelove.