Cap’n Marble is an indie pop duo comprised of John Dasilva and Ryan Arshonsky, both from Southern California — though meeting and starting this project in Boston, at Berklee College of Music. Cap’n Marble show a knack for hooky songwriting and crisp production on their first singles “Loneliest Friend” and “Let You Down.” The latter reminds fondly of Dent May, with playful synths and punchy vocals leading a catchy display. A bossa nova feel at 01:24 plays wonderfully. “Loneliest Friend” is another success. Retrospective, melodic vocals work around acoustic strums and lush woodwinds. The song’s melody resonates after the track concludes, becoming stuck in my head.
Look for an EP from Cap’n Marble in March, which I’m certainly looking forward to, based on the quality of these two.
“Loneliest Friend” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2020’ Spotify playlist.
The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Pop.