Canada
Rock ‘n’ Roll
Toronto-born musician/songwriter/producer Marlon Chaplin is catching fire both locally and globally through his compelling, unique vocal style and the evocative, sometimes stunningly visceral storytelling quality of his songs. Marlon formerly shared co-writing duties in pop/rock outfit Broken Bricks, before moving on a solo career as well as joining Freeman Dre & the Kitchen Party and Ada Dahli & the Pallbearers, producing the latter.

In May of 2016, he released his debut EP ‘Wanderer By Trade’ which was comprised of 6 songs, exploring themes of disconnect, inner turmoil and the dichotomy of reconciling two human desires often at odds with one another; autonomy and connection. ‘Wanderer By Trade’ was recorded live off the floor with some of Toronto’s most adept musicians (members of Zeus, Lemon Bucket Orkestra and the Skydiggers) as contributing members.

In the fall of 2016, Marlon released two new singles “Annabelle + Someone” and “Fossils” which were notable departures from the loose, live off the floor feel of ‘Wanderer by Trade’.

Where that previous release utilized acoustic guitars, mandolin and fiddle, “Annabelle + Someone” centres around angular electric guitars, a weaving synthesizer and penetrating drums – all underscored by a sorrowful lyric of cautionary regret.

“Fossils” which is a companion piece to “Annabelle + Someone” is an emotively stunning, psychedelic folk ballad. Drawing on colourful production techniques and an all encompassing, expansive sound, it paints a sonic landscape that manages to be simultaneously mammoth and subtle.

Both singles were produced by Marlon Chaplin and Ewan Kay (Austra, Moon King) and engineered/mixed by the latter.

“Annabelle + Someone” and “Fossils” are available now for download and streaming and will released as an A side/B side 45 in the spring of 2017.

Marlon and his band have recently performed at venues such as Lee’s Palace, The Horseshoe Tavern, and The Drake Hotel Underground, garnering exceptional reviews from several media outlets for his energetic and captivating live show. He will be touring in support of his new singles over the summer, in advance of the release of his first LP in the Fall.

“Marlon Chaplin is the full artistic package in every sense.”
– Sound Check Entertainment

“Marlon Chaplin has just released his EP, ‘Wanderer By Trade and it’s a brilliant one.”
– Eric Alper (Host of SiriusXM’s That Eric Alper Show)

“Chaplin seems to able to shift between genres seamlessly. He has created his own sound, and this unique adaptability surely means that big
things will come.”
– The Littlest Voice

“Marlon’s 6 song EP is simply epic. Each Track is unique and takes you on a transient journey.”
– Music Hour UK

“There’s Strong Passion in Marlon’s voice and excellent songwriting.”
– One In Ten Words

“Emotionally rich.”
– Live In Limbo

April 19, 2017 11:00 pm CMW Showcase
April 21, 2017 11:00 pm CMW Showcase