WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2015|
Posted by: Patrick Pilch
Among this singer-songwriter filled year, we've seen young, blossoming talent from all over the country. Today, we have another infectious singer-songwriter track from Austin-native Marcus Brown. His latest single "Long Brown Hair" is taken from his debut LP All The Ghosts Are Gone. The track develops as a sweet soft ballad layered with Brown's crooning vocals, ultimately growing into a hushed and nostalgic requiem for a former lover.
Released earlier this year, All The Ghosts Are Gone is a collection of Brown's works over the past years, reflecting moments occurring with different people, places, and events. After long time friend and record producer Keith Gary insisted that Brown make his material available, Brown has been writing, recording, and performing at local venues. Take a listen below, and check out our Q&A with Marcus.
We're in the midst of this rootsy, folksy revival in modern music. As an artist rooted in acoustic folk, what is it that is making people come back to one man with an acoustic guitar year after year?
I think its an attempt to get closer to the art and the artist. Music lovers want honesty and a real connection. There's not a lot to hide behind when you're one person and one guitar. I love playing in bands and collaborating with fellow writers and players. I have two other projects I'm active in (Velo and The Old Days), but personally removing the democratic collaboration that's inherent in a band dynamic has been really freeing for my solo stuff.
Speaking of the folk tradition, who were the folk acts/singer-songwriter acts that were an influence on you? I certainly hear a bit of Elliot Smith on "Long Brown Hair."
I'm a big Elliot Smith fan. I think he was wonderful. He's a great example of an artist that was willing to be so honest. As a listener, you were right there with him feeling what he was feeling. I've also been on a huge Ryan Adams kick lately. He's fantastic. Tom Petty has been a big influence throughout my life. Those songs rocked me to sleep at night as a child. I grew up with his music.
"Long Brown Hair" seems like it's about a specific person. Is the song drawn from your personal life? If so, is it difficult to write such personal material?
It's about an ex. More specifically, it was written pretty soon after we had parted ways. There were still plenty of artifacts of the relationship scattered throughout my life. I think it gets easier to write about your experiences as you do it more. I can remember times when I was just starting to write when I would worry about what people would think. I just sort of got over that. I've been writing a lot of new stuff about a recent break-up, and while it's hard there's no way I could stop myself. It would be like holding my breath because I thought breathing would be too painful. I just have to get these ideas out. It's pretty therapeutic to be able to go through your more difficult emotions and reflect upon them honestly.