‘EP1’ by The Marivaux (EP)
This Manchester four-piece traverse the heavier side of northern indie, while keeping one hand firmly on the genre’s familiar reins
As soon as lead singer Phil McAdam starts singing it’s obvious which part of the country this band hails from, and the Mancunian indie four-piece offer a well rehearsed and polished set of songs with their latest release.
Since their debut single All In Good Time was released in 2012, the band have been working hard to move their sound away from that of the typical northern indie scene. However, lead single Birds And The Bees has got a sound reminiscent of The Courtneeners, and for a minute you’re left thinking you’ve heard this before. Simply put, though, the new EP sounds great, having been mixed by Grammy Award winner Ian Dowling, who has previously worked with Adele and Bombay Bicycle Club.
Any fan of Manc rock is likely to be into what The Marivaux are offering. The songs are at times delicate and wistful, while at others they transcend into heavy breakdowns similar to The Joy Formidable, as heard on the final track Mr Insane. If you like your indie served northern, this will certainly be your cup of Bovril.
Verdict: A polished gem worth purchasing