Marshall Jacklin – “Movement”


Toronto-based artist Marshall Jacklin shows a masterful production — with radiant guitar work and orchestral flourishes — on new single “Movement.” The effort is described as “an exploration of the beauty found in the fleeting moments of youth, when risk is synonymous with fun.” The vocals alternate between contemplative subduedness and gleeful “put your arms around me,” yearning, concluding the effort with majestic immersion as string-laden lushness lingers alongside the twinkling piano tones.

An apt production choice was utilized for further intrigue, with various sounds “bounced onto cassette tapes and left outside in the July heat—a degradation that captures the sun-burned, wobbly atmosphere.” The “dancing in the sun,” euphoric vocal rise stirs in particular, with the various vocal layers and glimmering symphonic-feeling washes combining for a strikingly melodic aesthetic. Bridging an accessible singer/songwriter effervescence with artful escalations, “Movement” is a strong showing from Marshall Jacklin.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ 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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