In new single ‘Shame’, Marlon Percy explores feelings of inadequacy and the guilt we all feel under the microscope of social media, with a softly-spoken soul that feels both innovative and comfortingly familiar.
When Marlon Percy was young, it became glaringly obvious that he could never become anything other than a musician. Growing up within a family of creatives, Marlon always played keys, drums and guitar until taking up music production when he was 17 years old.
Over the next few years, he studied Music Production at Brighton University, whilst simultaneously taking his one-man show to practically every club in the city. Constantly performing gave Marlon the opportunity to hone his sound, developing his unique blend of live keys and samples layered with mesmerisingly soft, soulful vocals. When combined with his introspective writing style and stirring lyricism, the result is a slick brand of electronic soul, all self-produced. Marlon is a true millennial artist: writer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, producer- and his artistry is an independently realised project from beginning to end.
Marlon debuted his EP ‘The Little Things’ in 2017, leading to his name being booked into coveted venues renowned for breaking major artists: the O2 Academy Islington, Notting Hill Arts Club, Cargo and the Bedford to name a few. Not only that, but this was all achieved without the push of a label or team. His distinctive sound has been featured on Radio 1 Xtra, BBC Introducing, Apple’s Beats 1 Radio and by big-name DJs like Tiësto, as well as cult channels SBTV, The Vibe Guide and Dynmk.
New release ‘Shame’ stems from feelings of guilt many of us have; worried we’re not doing, earning, or being enough. The growth of social media results in a haunting sense that everything we do is constantly judged and rated. For Marlon, the purpose of the song is to remind listeners how important it is to talk to others to relieve these feelings of inadequacy.
Feeling inspired by recent shifts in global consciousness and events surrounding inequality and racism, Marlon recorded the entire track at home during the lockdown period. Recently, he witnessed someone extremely close to him pass away, which has fundamentally changed his perspective on life and his lyric style.
As a result, the track has become a means for Marlon to speak for the young men who feel lost: it’s okay to struggle with the search for purpose. We’re living in an era of flux and upheaval, with a sense of uncertainty for what the future holds. Marlon Percy hopes to set an example for thinking positively about the impermanence of life and relationships, and exploring alternative meanings surrounding masculinity in a peaceful, thoughtful way.
Channelling the enchanting subtlety of artists like James Blake and Arlo Parks, the soul of Sampha and the slow-burning groove of Tom Misch, Marlon Percy is exciting, unique and charming- and he’s undoubtedly cut out to be an indie sensation.
‘Shame’ is out on the 28th August on all streaming platforms.
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