We're fresh off a 3 day recording studio binge at the famed Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, CA to lay down foundational tracks for the next album. We'll be busy at work for the rest of this year working through 13 new songs. Want a preview? Come out to the Creekside Fridays music series in Mill Valley on June 21!
KALX DJ Cuppa Joe has been a big supporter of ours since the early days. And we happen to think his show is amazing... Which is why we're honored to have made it onto Cuppa Joe's Best Albums of 2017 list, and truly touched that his favorite song of 2017 is Shotgun Superman off our new album. There were an insane number of great songs released last year, and to land his favorite... wow.
Thanks Cuppa Joe. We love ya.
Wow, Sometimes a Great Ocean made it onto another very fine "top albums of 2017" list. This time, it's Paul Liberatore's "Marin musicians’ best albums of 2017." We're honored to sit alongside the awesome Steve Kimock, our town-mate Matt Jaffe, and other great ones!
We're honored that the venerable Steve Ferra chose Sometimes a Great Ocean for the #33 spot on Absolute Powerpop's annual top albums list. We're among some very fine powerpop company!
It appears that Sometimes a Great Ocean is climbing the college radio charts, folks. Major thanks to the awesomely wonderful DJs who are spinning our new album! As of today, we've crossed the top 100 mark, and are among some very excellent company.
KWMR Radio, Point Reyes Station, CA
We loved playing and chatting live with host Mark Nichol on his fantastic weekly radio show, Rock of Ages. Thanks again to Mark and the amazing KWMR team for being such great hosts.
In case you missed our segment, you can listen right here:
Thanks to everyone who came out for the album release party! We loved celebrating with all of you. What a great night!
Marble Party keeps it quirky on new album
By Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal
On Marble Party’s third album, “Sometimes a Great Ocean,” the Mill Valley indie rock quartet continues its winning streak with 10 new songs marked by the same kind of quirky lyrics and inspired musicianship that made its first two albums such a pleasure.
From the Cars-like driving rhythms of “Brooklyn Battles Winter” and the George Harrison-esque sitar sounds and Beach Boys harmonies of “60 Cycles” to the rock drums and fuzz bass of “S.A.M.” and the Steely Dan-like sophistication of the ballad “Shotgun Superman,” Marble Party artfully blends power pop melodies with recognizable classic rock influences into a package that sounds fresh rather than merely nostalgic.
On the whimsical, jazzy “Coaster,” the band — Dan Barbee, keys and vocals; Eric Eisenberg, guitar and vocals, Greg Merriman, bass and vocals and drummer Andy Trapp — bring in Ben Kline on trombone and Jim Pettigrew on flugelhorn to give the song the horn band punch of a modern-day Blood, Sweat and Tears. Lyrically, they cleverly borrow the title phrase from Harry Nillson’s “Everybody’s Talkin’” that will cause listeners to stop and think where they’ve heard that line before.
Recorded at Panoramic House in Stinson Beach and Birdland Studios in Mill Valley, “Sometimes a Great Ocean” is a brilliantly arranged and masterfully conceived studio album that may be even more polished than the band’s first two records, the debut “Lyle” in 2012 and 2014’s “Plush Up.” All are on Sausalito’s Floating Records. Local music fans can only hope there are more to come.