Welcome to our new Space Discovery!
Today we travelled a few miles to Cornwall, to find Marcus McCoan, electro-pop singer, songwriter and producer.
His first single in 2016, “Chemical”, sparked an interest in BBC Radio Cornwall and BBC Radio 1, which brought Marcus on stage at Glastonbury Festival 2016. And just a few weeks before opening Natalie Imbruglia’s tour in October, he released his last track, “Try Me”, which made me a fan of his genre.
I don’t listen to much pop or electro-pop, but “Try Me” felt really like an invitation for me to get a taste of another kind of music for once in a while, and it’s not an overstatement to say this has become one of my most played songs in the last few days. That’s because this edgy track has some RnB, sexy feels to it while maintaining the darkish tones of electro-pop. I just love it, it’s hard to describe it any other way.
Each sound is greatly articulated, put together and alternated or blended with the others. A throaty electric guitar starts the song and after a couple of notes Marcus’s voice blends in fluidly.
At some points, you might almost believe it’s acapella, as Marcus’s falsetto pierces straight through the air, without the guitar in the background, yet holding the pitch perfectly, and blending in again with the guitar a few seconds later.
They’re then joined by an electro-bass and drums, and the voiceless guitar solo accompanied by these other instruments makes this track even more freakingly beautiful.
The chorus isn’t the only pleasantly unforgettable hook in this track, as hooks are spread all throughout, both instrumental and lyrical, making this song addictive, but nicely. It never sticks in your mind in that kind of annoying way some songs do, and it’s always a renewed pleasure to listen to it.
The amalgamation of Marcus’s trebles and the lower tones of the bass and drums, contrasted in turn by the electric guitar, is just a great aural experience.