Marcus Singletary | Defiance Science

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Defiance Science

by Marcus Singletary

Primrose + Hollywood = Prime Fantasy.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Science
4:05 $0.99
2. Party Like a Star
3:32 $0.99
3. Shangri-Rock
3:49 $0.99
4. In the Sand
3:45 $0.99
5. Genovia
3:21 $0.99
6. Lookin' Good
3:49 $0.99
7. Gambler's Delight
3:01 $0.99
8. Young Lady of Royalty
2:54 $0.99
9. Tomorrow, No
3:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
'Singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Marcus Singletary returns with a new album of brand new material entitled "Defiance Science." The album will not be released until May, but the new songs are already creating a buzz. All of the music and singing is handled by Marcus using a load of musical gadgets in order to capture his sonic space trip. The new nine-song release begins with the introductory instrumental "Science" as Marcus gives off a futuristic musical piece. He adds a pop/dance beat to "Party Like A Star" as the chorus looks to hook you in with its infectious groove. The psychedelic tone of "Shangri-Rock" and the harder delivery of "Genovia," shows that Marcus' songwriting spreads across many different genres. Marcus saves his best for last with the outstanding guitar work on "Young Lady Of Royalty" and the up-tempo rocker "Tomorrow No."' -Jim Pasinski, Record Journal, Feb. 2015.


Marcus Singletary's concept album, Defiance Science, tells the tale of Primrose Luckett, a once-introverted scholar (Science) intent upon trading in his privileged life for the California dream (Party Like a Star). His chameleonic nature is perfect for the pursuit of perfection symbolized by Tinseltown (Shangri-Rock) and, once in the clique, he falls in love with a colleague (In the Sand). On the eve of her big breakthrough, however, she unexpectedly disappears (Genovia). Primrose's subsequent descent into dependency begins to undermine his career (Lookin' Good), yet a letter reveals that her death was staged in order to provide an escape from the industry's relentless pace (Gambler's Delight). Her urges to follow suit, in the letter (Young Lady of Royalty), become gateways into dark nights of the soul that entertain the idea of self-sabotage as rescue (Tomorrow, No).

Defiance Science's galactic cover imagery is a perfect visual representation of Singletary's sonic trip through the cosmos. He says, of writing the material, 'I constantly studied South Pacific and the Kinks' theatrical projects during the process.' When in Singletary's hands, such abstract inspirations lead to odd concoctions like quirky rocker Genovia, the structurally complex Shangri-Rock, and Tomorrow, No's white-noise twang.

The song cycle was produced by Singletary; he also performed all of the instrumental parts. Mixing chores were handled by Jill Tengan, whose credits include albums by Poncho Sanchez, Britney Spears, and ZZ Ward. Tengan lists her two favorite albums as The Three Tenors (featuring Carreras, Domingo, and Pavarotti) ('It serves as a reminder that the foundation of my work is the music and musicians, and to not screw that up') and Metallica's ...And Justice For All ('It told me I could help shape something and make an impact of my own on a work of art, if I was careful'), and says of Defiance Science:

'All of the songs are actually very different from each other, but the overall sound is coherent, as an album. Everything was recorded and mixed in Pro Tools, and I used a number of plug-ins, like the BX hybrid EQ, Renaissance compressors, and a few others. I also used some analog equipment, and ran the mix through the Neve 2408 stereo compressor - a very fast and gentle unit - just to even out the peaks. You can really hit it without too much 'pumping and breathing' or distortion. I also ran the vocals through our oldie but goodie SSL E-series board, adding about 1.5 db of 12kHz. Fortunately, Rusk Sound has 2 rooms, with 4 different sets of speakers. I started getting sounds on our custom Tom Hidley Far-Field speakers. They are fantastic. Then, I used our Equator Q10 Near-Field speakers for levels and balance and, of course, the trusty NS-10s, to check.'



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