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Funeral Genius

by Makar

Guitar and Piano driven Indie Rock that will make Punk and Poet rejoice and dance together.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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2. I Wanna Know What I Don't Know
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3. Belong Here
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4. Bottle of Beauty
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5. I Can't Tell You to Stay
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6. America Where Are You
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7. Worth It
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8. In The Know
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9. Show Me That Look in Your Eyes
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10. So Slow
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11. Three Times a Midnight
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12. Devil in a Dream
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
ONE OF NEW YORK’S MOST INNOVATIVE INDIE DUOS RETURNS WITH THEIR OWN BRAND OF “GENIUS” *
Renowned NYC Band Makar Announces the Release of Their New CD, Funeral Genius
by Gina Sigillito

(NEW YORK, NY)— Since 2002, Makar has been mesmerizing New York audiences at such renowned clubs as Luna Lounge, CBGBs gallery, Knitting Factory, and Pianos. Their debut album, 99 Cent Dreams, garnered rave reviews from independentsonly.com *, who called Makar, “a musical genius worth telling people about” and the Windy City Times, who hailed them as “a breath of fresh air.” Their innovative, edgy release captured the attention of media across the country, including MTV 2, who featured the video for their irreverent tune, “I Hate My Job.” The effort landed them a record deal with Sizzleteen Records in 2005, and it seemed there was no stopping the brilliance of this part punk, part pop, and part poetic musical team.

Now, the multi-talented husband and wife duo has combined their witty lyrics, dark humor, and infectious hooks in their second CD, Funeral Genius. Named after the 15th century Scottish term for “poet,” this acoustic guitar and piano driven Indie-rock band more than lives up to its name. With her ethereal beauty and angelic voice, Andrea DeAngelis has a magnetic presence that makes her a joy to see and hear. With his deep, haunting vocals, Mark Purnell calls to mind a young John Cale. Featuring Mark Nilges on bass and the mighty, legendary NYC drummer Dawn McGrath, this latest effort shows the true depth of their range as they draw on their influences from Bjork to Bowie to Blondie. As Chris Dahlberg of Cosmo Gaming so astutely commented, "Makar is what happens when you cross the current Indie revolution with a tinge of folk rock.” From the title track, “Funeral Genius” an upbeat, thoroughly addictive homage to 60s pop to the darker, psychedelic groove of “Bottle of Beauty,” the duo shows the full depth of both their playful and more introspective sides. The theme of Funeral Genius is, appropriately enough, about living in the present and not being overwhelmed by the self-doubt that can kill one’s spirit. As Makar muses, “A Funeral Genius is someone who is a genius at being negative, a Debbie downer, an uber-pessimist, who obsessively looks at the negative side of things, is morbid thinking of death all the time thereby forgetting to live.”
Recorded at the Seaside Lounge Recording Studios in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Funeral Genius was three years in the making and is their most innovative, thoughtful, and exciting release yet; it was well worth the wait. As Mark recalls, "We recorded the first 11 songs on the album in one day at Seaside out in Brooklyn getting the drums and bass down. “Devil in a Dream” was recorded in one day out at Andrea's parent's house in Mendham, NJ on a handheld tape recorder with the lights turned low and the soul of Robert Johnson and his hell hounds on our trail."

Taking the best of Indie, Pop, and Folk and making them their own, Makar once again proves their reputation as one of the most unique acts on the New York scene.

About the Artist:
Makar is fronted by published author and musician, Andrea DeAngelis, a singer/songwriter/guitarist from New Jersey and Mark Purnell, a singer/songwriter/pianist from New York. Funeral Genius is their second CD.

MAKAR INFLUENCES: BEATLES, SYD BARRETT, BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, BJORK, BLONDIE, BOWIE, THE CARPENTERS, THE CARS, THE CLASH, THE CURE, DEPECHE MODE, NICK DRAKE, DYLAN, DAVID GRAY, U2, PORTISHEAD, RADIOHEAD, ROBERT JOHNSON, THE ROLLING STONES, T-REX, THE TROGGS, YARDBIRDS, VIOLENT FEMMES AND SO MANY MORE UNTOUCHABLE OTHERS

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Eric Peterson

It's going to be one of your most-loved albums of all time. Essential.
Makar does what so many other bands try to do, but fail. They combine indie, pop and rock with catchy lyrics, and they do it very, very well. They make well written songs with a distinctive sound, mixing irreverence with seriousness, layering complex arrangements under likeable melodies. In a lot of ways they're similar to Radiophonic - recently reviewed by RUST - in that there's a real excellence and uniqueness in every small element of what they do, and their album "Funeral Genius" immediately breaks through to best-of, must-have status.

Coming from the left of center, with distinctive presences from both Andrea DeAngelis and Mark Purnell "Funeral Genius" takes elements of the 60's and everything since and weaves together a complete full-length album that is strong from start to finish. For "Funeral Genius" this husband and wife pair are supported by bassist Mark Nilges and the mighty, legendary NYC drummer Dawn McGrath, and the result is an album that makes you stop whatever else you're doing and LISTEN to it. It grabs, holds and rewards your attention and you realize that this is one of those all-time-legendary releases that will define this musical moment in your memory.

With ten years of time together, during which Makar impressed audiences at top venues around the New York area, this album definitely sounds like a unified presentation from an experienced team. The press has been kind to them, and a feature on MTV got them a deal with Sizzleteen Records. "Funeral Genius" is the result of that deal, and it has actually been the result of a lot of long-term work. Recorded at the Seaside Lounge Recording Studios in Park Slope, Brooklyn, "Funeral Genius" was three years in the making. As Mark recalls, "We recorded the first 11 songs on the album in one day at Seaside out in Brooklyn getting the drums and bass down and then “Devil in a Dream” was recorded in one day out at Andrea's parent's house in Mendham, NJ on a handheld tape recorder.

Mark Purnell has been compared to a young John Cale, and the band shares vibes ranging from Bjork to Bowie to Blondie with strong 60's roots. There is strong retro-esque songwriting similar in both feel and excellence to the Brian Jonestown Massacre, but this is not a "retro" band. It's a folky, punky, indie mix that presents a team of unique and talented people, and that's the real take-away here. Makar accomplishes a sound and feel that many, many other bands try to achieve and usually fail because they're not talented songwriters and performers whose music comes from experience and authentic talent. Spoiler alert: this is an album that will have you throwing away half a dozen other "wannabe" albums from your collection.

So get ready to make some space on your shelf or playlist for "Funeral Genius" and pick it up right away. It's going to be one of your most-loved albums of all time. Essential.

Review of Makar's album, Funeral Genius
http://www.rustzine.com/RUST/Makar_Funeral_Genius.html
Eric Peterson
Rust Magazine
March 20, 2012
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Joe Wolfe-Mazeres

Band of the Week on Ear to the Ground
Makar, I'm told, is a 15th Century Scottish term for poet. Makar is also this really killer duo from New York City. We already recommended them based on a couple of tracks I heard from their 2005 debut 99 Cent Dreams. Now, I've had the chance to hear their long awaited follow up Funeral Genius, and it's time to start shouting from the roof tops. Actually, I just like shouting from rooftops, but Makar is worth shouting about.

Makar is husband and wife Mark Purnell and Andrea DeAngelis. They play piano and acoustic guitar driven alt-rock. It's intelligent, catchy and unique. In short it's everything, got me into this type of music in the first place. The bands list of influences reads like a playlist off my MP3 player, and includes Nick Drake - so bonus points there.

If you remember from the Ear to the Ground recommends post (and I know you remember everything I write), this is the band that does my anthem of late - Hate My Job. Go check out that video.

Band of the Week - Year 2 Week 6 (or something) - Makar
Joe Wolfe-Mazeres
Ear to the Ground
Friday, January 13, 2012
http://ear2theground-music.blogspot.com/2012/01/band-of-week-year-2-week-6-or-something.html?m=1
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