Marv Ellis | Shadows Mean Light

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Shadows Mean Light

by Marv Ellis

This album represents two years and over 3,000 hours of work. It's authentic NW hip hop from Marv Ellis, one of the premier Indie artists in the game.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. North Wild West
3:09 $0.99
2. Lights Camera Action
2:59 $0.99
3. Now (feat. Aniana Hough)
2:29 $0.99
4. Love Is Medicine
3:34 $0.99
5. The Same Thing
2:58 $0.99
6. Summit
3:52 $0.99
7. Both Hats (feat. MC Metric)
3:53 $0.99
8. Evolve
2:54 $0.99
9. Shadows Mean Light (feat. Shook Twins)
3:43 $0.99
10. Come Back
3:39 $0.99
11. I Never Thought I
1:48 $0.99
12. Mouth Fulla Blood
1:35 $0.99
13. Alone Time
3:05 $0.99
14. Do You Love You
3:31 $0.99
15. Heat Seek Her (feat. Christopher Worth & Aima the Dreama)
2:56 $0.99
16. Past Life (feat. Gaknew Roxwel)
3:05 $0.99
17. Where Ever You Go
3:38 $0.99
18. It's Relative
2:58 $0.99
19. Free (feat. Nrg)
4:33 $0.99
20. Space Case
3:54 $0.99
21. Good Good (feat. Scarub)
4:01 $0.99
22. 21 Breaths
3:09 $0.99
23. Hello Happy
4:04 $0.99
24. Do You See That?
1:50 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
A lot of people have a lot to say with what’s wrong in this world. You can’t fix a problem until your honest with yourself. Focusing on being happy is truly the only way to have a chance of ever making a difference.
I made this album as a reflection of my journey within. Each song relates to the universal issues we all have as human beings. I was low and I found my way to the summit. It wasn’t what I thought it would be but getting there wound up being the real reward.
It’s always darkest before the light. That’s why shadows mean light. Its just a fact. This is Northwest Hip hop poetry. Take it or leave it.
-Marv Ellis



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Meanwhile, on the Other Side of the World.... Fulfillment
Marv Ellis' talent as a musician is only eclipsed by his skill as an orator. Shadows Mean Light articulates simple truths that should be at the forefront of all honest expression, but aren't. The magic evidenced in this album comes from Ellis' dulcet tones which tell you what has been on the tip of your tongue all along. Long-time fans of Ellis' works will no doubt be unsurprised by the erudition with which he speaks: he manages to write an album which simultaneously calls us out on our idiosyncrasies, assures us that they are what make us of worth and, in doing so, encourages every person who is willing, to listen. The message is simple, but Ellis' delivery is rich, visceral and wholesome.

His collaborative work has never been more polished and balanced, Both Hats (feat. MC Metric) being a particular highlight on the album. Ellis and MC Metric are by no means strangers, but that sublime tune sets the standard for the rest of the "feat." songs. explains that Ellis 'represents the final stages of Hip-hop’s growth across North America'. Given the eclectic, genre-defying style which Shadows Mean Light professes, I believe it. Free of pretension, Ellis samples freely and shows that no culture, genre, decade or instrument is safe from a musician who is unafraid to go there.

There are a plethora of artist who make me want to sing their songs. To whom listening, makes me feel connected to a wider audience. There is only one Marv Ellis, and he makes me want to sing my own songs, put pen to paper and write the book I've been keeping in my head, enjoy my own company and step inwards.

Album Highlights:

Both Hats (feat. MC Metric) - The strings on this track give me pause. The lyrics are the real reward though. Best track on the album, in my humble opinion.

Alone Time - This one really hit home for me. There is a beautiful narrative within this track, marrying the games we play as children with the ways in which we cope and create as adults.

Do You Love You - I'm tempted to say that this track encompasses the most important message that resonates throughout all of Ellis' work: love yourself. You cannot loves others, nor love what you create before you love yourself. Never before has he articulated it so poignantly though.

Hello Happy - And then Marv went and sampled Sananda Maitreya (Terence Trent D'Arby) and I was brought back to the man who first encouraged me to sing. The musician who I chose without suggestion or interference. The synchronicity is humbling and frightening. Elucidating: my first though was "how can Marv Ellis get what I'm about so clearly?" Now I'm thinking "Maybe he just gets all of us".