Latest from Singer-Songwriter, Marshall Holland

17 Apr

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At first glance, it appears that the new CD we received at KZSU Stanford is from a band called Marshall Holland and the Etceteras. Pretty clever name, huh? Except then I realize that the artist is Marshall Holland and the name of the CD is And the Etceteras.

But don’t think that just because the album is called And the Etceteras, that this bright, poppy collection of tunes is an afterthought. Holland has been writing and performing since he was a kid, when he would ride along with his grandfather up and down California’s coastline delivering fertilizer to the local farms. Holland would listen to the radio for hours, then use a portable tape recorder to capture performances of his favorite tunes.

From that beginning, in this release we get the work of a mature artist with a knack for writing catchy, melodic pop songs with solid hooks. And the Etceteras is Holland’s third album. The melodies are crisp and clean, and everything is well arranged and produced.

In addition to being a solo artist, Holland is a much sought-after, versatile session musician — with the chops to play virtually any instrument. So everything you hear on the new album is Holland — even the artwork is his.

Some of my favorite selections from the CD include “Fool Me,” a vintage pop standard that sounds like it’s right out of the 1970s. “Goodbye September Days” is a mellower tune — a melancholy trip back in time that would have been perfect for Simon & Garfunkel.

“Take Me” is a bouncy, sweet and catchy indie pop song that just makes you feel good. “Elise at Least” leans more to indie folk-rock in the tradition of the Eagles. And “Radio Style” is an acoustic toe tapper that’s a must for all DJs with its wistful look back at the glory days of radio in decades past.

See? I told you Holland was versatile. If you enjoy well written and produced indie pop, Holland’s And the Etceteras will be a great addition to your collection.

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One Response to “Latest from Singer-Songwriter, Marshall Holland”

  1. marshallholland April 29, 2014 at 1:50 am #

    Reblogged this on …And My Etceteras.

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