Marc-E – “Before the Thought”


“Before the Thought” is an eerily captivating single from Marc-E. The Vancouver-based artist caught our attention with the single “Acceptance” a couple years ago, and continues to craft a strongly idiosyncratic aesthetical sound steeped in a psychedelic downtempo glistening.

“I wanted to create something with a much heavier sub bass than my last few releases. Something that is sure to shake the subs,” the artist explains. “I believe I was successful. My music has always been a blend between psychedelia and spirituality. This track leans more to the psychedelic side.”

Hazy bass-y swells linger into trickling keys and click-clacking percussion, crafting an industrial-friendly soundscape with a nocturnal spirit. Pulsing percussion and corresponding piano prove hypnotic throughout, with the low-pitched bass grumblings and more effervescent piano gliding contrasting with ample intrigue. The mid-point excels as the frolicking keys assume a more constant illumination amidst the buzzing effects. “Before the Thought” is another stylistic standout from Marc-E, who is prepping a full-length album planned to release in 2024.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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