March 13, 2011

Up in '11: Marques Toliver

photo by Jimena Roquero

Just at the moment when I'd been feeling a bit despondent about the state of pop music, especially new artists, along comes the quite literally glorious Marques Toliver. 24 years old, he sings, he write his songs, he plays violin with a shivering intensity. And comes from Florida - Daytona Beach of all places. To paraphrase Madonna, "in the evidence of his brilliance," here is Marques singing White Sails on Jools...

Marques' debut EP, Butterflies Are Not Free, is released in the UK on April 25th. Marques talks it up on his blog. The EP will also be made available worldwide very soon. Tracklisting:

1 Charter Magic
2 Sitting Up In My Room (this will likely not be a Brandy cover!)
3 Deep In My Heart (lead single, stream below)
4 Anniversary

Marques' live schedule:

March 16: French Legation Museum, Bella Union / Yours Truly Party @ SXSW, Austin, Texas (3.40pm)
March 16: Red-Eyed Fly, Transgressive Official Evening Showcase @ SXSW, Austin, Texas (8pm)
March 19: Music Gym, Communion / Neon Gold / Chess Club / Plugged In PR Party @ SXSW, Austin, Texas (2pm)

April 7: St. Giles In The Fields, London (EP Launch)
April 25: Rough Trade East In-Store, London
April 30: Camden Crawl, London
May 1: Camden Crawl, London
May 14: The Unitarian Church @ The Great Escape Festival, Brighton

Marques Toliver - Deep In My Heart by Bella Union

You can follow Marques on Twitter too - it's actually him. Thanks to Michael Cragg for the find.


Anonymous said...

He's going to be ace at the Camden Ctawl this year, I just know it - so so excited, got my tickets already!

DanProject76 said...

I completely forgot that you blogged about him, been listening to his music a lot over ther last few days ans blogged about him today. You always find the best music!