Marlon Chaplin

Photo credit: Carlos Garate
Photo credit: Carlos Garate

In November last year, Toronto musician Marlon Chaplin released his latest single “Fossils”. Although Chaplin mentions that the track was “written about two years ago”, the release of the beautifully harmonious psychedelic folk single is a fantastic follow-up to his other single “Annabelle + Someone”, which had been released the month prior.

About the creation of “Annabelle + Someone” Chaplin said, “A lot of my songs begin their life when I sing an idea into my phone, or strum a sequence of chords I like. Sometimes these seven or eight second ditties, mere gibberish will sit ignored for a long time. About six or seven months ago I was going back into my phone looking for something else and accidentally came across what would be the opening chords and melody to “Annabelle + Someone”. Those are happy accidents when you hear something back you’ve forgotten you recorded. You have fresh ears. So, it caught me off guard and I ran with it.”

Both singles feature splendid guitar playing, and the piano accompaniment in “Fossils” perfectly sets the tone of the song. However, the tracks are polar opposites of one another, which creates an interesting dynamic and insight into the creative mind of Chaplin. “The character of Annabelle is a pastiche of people that have drifted in and out of my life, people who have shared a certain quality, tragic figures,” Chaplain said. “They’re people who don’t know how to help themselves, so they help others, but to a degree that is neglectful of their own well being. This sort of pattern, I’ve noticed has toxic results for usually all parties involved when certain expectations aren’t met. Pedestals are set up. “Annabelle + Someone” is about giving for the wrong reasons. Fossils is about not knowing how to receive. It’s its companion piece for a reason, it’s the other side of the coin.”

Both singles will be recorded on a 45, with “Annabelle + Someone” on the A-side and “Fossils” on the B-side, and are set to be released early this year. However, both tracks are also now available digitally. And for those who want to check out more of Chaplin’s music, his debut Ep “Wanderer By Trade”. Check out the video below for the single “In Stars” from the EP.

Perhaps what is most striking about the difference between “In Stars” and Chaplin latest is the diversity of his sound. Chaplin seems able to shift between genres seamlessly. He has created his own sound, and this unique adaptability and enthralling sound surely means that big things will come for Chaplin.

As for what early 2017 holds for him, Chaplin said, “I’m playing two Toronto shows early in the new year, Jan. 12th at the Horseshoe Tavern and Feb. 3rd at the Drake Hotel Underground I’m very excited about. I’ll also be back in the studio to record a full length as well as working on music videos for “Annabelle + Someone” and “Fossils”.”

Be sure to check out Chapin on social media:

Twitter: @marlonchaplin