Photograph by Shadowbox Studios
Artist: The Marquee
Album: White Room
Record Label: Independent
Release Date: June 1, 2012
Official Link: www.themarquee.ca
01. First Time
02. Each and Every Week
03. Beating Drums
04. Can’t Take Mine
05. Fall Back In
06. Save You
09. Melodies & Memories
10. One Last Time
Canada seems to be an constant outpour of talent don’t they? Giving the world gems like Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds and the ever wonderful, always clad in purple space gear, Justin Bieber. The first track off of Edmonton’s own indie rock band, The Marquee, shows that they belong on this list of Canadian talent as well. “First Time” with its thumping bass intermixing with smooth vocals leads in to a progressively louder chorus. Tension builds as the chorus approaches and once it kicks in, the fast, high impact energy of the song continues to grow. “First Time” is a heart racer in the best ways. Nicole Riley’s backing vocals adding even more depth to the song.
“Know that I’m not broken”“Each and Every Week” follows with the same high energy vibe as its predecessor. This time however, it opens with both Jordan Jones and Nicole Riley singing together. The combination was surprising but worked well as their voices complimented each other. The song has a more pop feel to it with the band’s self described indie rock sound still lingering throughout. Riley takes on her own verse, another welcomed surprise, adding to the band’s ever changing vocal line up. After hearing the second track, it’s evident that memorable hooks are the Marquee’s strong point.
“I got a feeling that I’ve been here before, but I don’t know” is sung throughout third track, “Beating Drums,” with an almost haunting beat behind. As the vocals begin to fade, the instrumentation and musical skills of the band really shine. The track ends with an interlude kind of feeling but it’s a completely welcomed type of feeling. Throughout the rest of the album, Jordan Jones and Nicole Riley’s vocals balance out each other so well. What the Marquee do just as well, as I’ve already mentioned, is their impeccable playing ability. It can be heard throughout the entire album but it really shines on “Medication.”
Throughout White Room, the songs vary in pace with the slower ballad-esque songs nearing the end of the album. “Horizon” takes on a dreamy feel, a nice change after a number of fast paced tracks. The final two songs take on the slower approach as well. Ending the album “One Last Time” is absolutely perfect. It’s as powerful as album opener “First Time” but not so much in its energy, but in it’s vivid lyrics and vocal performance. Jones’ vocals are so soft and low with Riley to compliment so well. “One Last Time” was the first time a change in The Marquee’s musical style could be heard, adding to why it was a killer ending. Oftentimes, some songs seemed to flow right into each other without a distinct end. The change up in “One Last Time” ends White Room off on a great note.
Overall, the album is polished and laden with memorable hooks, stunning instrumentation, and beautiful harmonies. White Room will certainly be one the albums that I actually keep in my iTunes after its review has been published.
White Room can be downloaded for FREE on the band’s website: http://themarquee.ca/
The Marquee is Jordan Jones (vocals), Nicole Riley (keys & vocals), Blair Brown (drums), Dwayne Ulliac (bass), Mike Lay (guitar).