Marian Call is an Alaska-based, independent singer-songwriter. To date, she's released four studio albums of original music, two live albums, two albums of covers and a handful of other collections & singles. She'll soon be releasing her fifth studio album, Standing Stones, and has worked with many of the same musicians on multiple releases, including guitarists Seth Boyer & Scott Barkan, pianist Paul Pew and drummer Colter Lemons. While most of Call's music could be described as jazz-infused folk, she periodically leans into other genres, such as rock, country, blues, show tunes and even punk, She's also not averse to the occasional novelty song, as evidenced by the tracks Shark Week & Love and Harmony. Call has a penchant for unusual subject matter and has written about topics like the legend of St. George & The Dragon, the aforementioned Shark Week, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice & life aboard the International Space Station. She even based her album, Got To Fly, almost entirely on the science fiction series Firefly and Battlestar Galactica, which landed her a large following in the geek community. The bio on Call's Bandcamp page very aptly describes her music as a combination of Joni Mitchell, They Might Be Giants & Regina Spektor.
Touring extensively and doing so by car, Call usually performs shows that were booked by fans, often at small storefronts or even their homes. Because of this, the live versions of many of her songs differ significantly from their studio counterparts. Call eschews touring with a backing band and is accompanied in performance solely by an acoustic guitarist. In addition to singing, she also handles percussion on either a rainstick or her trademark typewriter. This means that her more complexly arranged and/or rock-oriented songs need to be stripped down to their most essential components, frequently leading to very interesting variations on their original arrangements. Yes, you read that correctly, she uses a typewriter has a percussion instrument and that, along with her unusual subject matter, genre flexibility and spectacular voice, are just some of elements that combine to make Marian Call a truly unique and brilliant artist.
I'll leave you with the official videos for her songs Good Morning Moon, on which you can hear her playing typewriter and The Last Song in the World, a concert staple that doesn't appear on any of her albums, as well as a live version of the title track from Got To Fly, which really shows off her vocal prowess. You can visit her official site or listen to and, if you're so inclined, buy her music on Bandcamp. You can also find it on Amazon, iTunes & Spotify.
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