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by True Margrit

True Margrit's piano-driven vignettes will seduce you, with super-catchy (yet unpredictable) choruses and the husky/ sweet/ surreal voice of Margrit Eichler. Think: Aimee Mann & Ben Folds meet Elvis Costello for 3D Scrabble.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hours In Reverse (Deja Vu)
3:26 $0.99
2. Deliver Me
3:27 $0.99
3. True
3:35 $0.99
4. Electricity
4:01 $0.99
5. Members Only
3:42 $0.99
6. Losing Face By Degrees
3:02 $0.99
7. From Another Zone
3:12 $0.99
8. Everyone Wins
4:34 $0.99
9. Vanity Loves Company
3:18 $0.99
10. Great Praise
4:20 $0.99
11. Uncurl
3:50 $0.99
12. If Heaven Knows
3:35 $0.99
13. Nothing
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
True Margrit's signature piano-pop is whip smart, expertly crafted, and has more hooks than a pirate ship. On SEAWORTHY, the trio's 4th and most ambitious album to date, True Margrit navigates the waters of interpersonal politics, vanity, history, time-travel, and mortality, and arrives wth a group of songs that is both emotionally raw and musically evolved.

True Margrit's sound is fueled by singer/ songwriter/piano-player Margrit Eichler's husky-sweet alto, her adventuresome piano, and a secret weapon: the muscular, dynamic, turn-on-a-dime rhythm-section of Gary Hobish on bass and Andrew Bacon on drums.

SEAWORTHY is fleshed out with touches of guitar, cello, oboe, bassoon, sax, and flute by an array of Bay Area guest stars including Pam Delgado and Jeri Jones (of Blame Sally), Amy Meyers, Kat Downs, Carrie Adler, Ned Howey, and Symon Michael.

Although reminiscent of Ben Folds, Fiona Apple, Elvis Costello, and Aimee Mann, True Margrit's sound is all their own--a lyrical admixture of science, history, and personal narrative that explores the tension between what is catchy and what is complex.

Based in San Francisco, True Margrit has probably played near you (or will be playing at some point soon) in a solo or band jaunt from NYC to Seattle to Los Angeles or beyond in nightclubs, cafes, theatres, radio & television stations, or sailboats.

Go to www.truemargrit.com to find out more about shows, the True Margrit Captain's Log (the blog), recipes, and other True Margrit facts and fiction.

Some choice quotes:

"Margrit is a genius in the vein of Pete Townshend."
Joe Cote-San Francisco Spectrum

"...Eichler is an excellent writer you would like to hear more of."
Diedre Johnson-Knoxville Daily Beacon

"...a bass and keyboard-driven sound that bridges the gap between what you hear on the radio and what sticks in your head. The language and delivery have a surreal edge to them."
Dmitri Ragano--San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Margrit's voice is big and bit smoky. Her melodies soar...the hooks float into your head and stay there."
Scott Mobley-Redding Record Searchlight

"True Margrit has to be one of the best keyboardists around town."
David Womack-Haight Ashbury Free Press

"...wild-woman keyboard-player has the heart and soul of a gifted chanteuse."
Michael Cronin--Teenage Kicks

"...immediately likable...lures you into repeated listenings..
Wayne Bledsoe--Knoxville News-Sentinel

"Oh Margrit; you know they'll tell you anything you want."
Neva Chonin-San Francisco Bay Guardian



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Sarah Dunham

True Grit
Although reminiscent of high pop artists like Lloyd Cole, XTC, and Elvis Costello, True Margrit, a power trio of piano, bass and drums, have material that is all their own, with the musicianship to boot. In these thirteen songs--all brilliant, each one very different from the next--songwriter Eichler explores the minefields of adult relationships, but does so through a totally original lens. With recurring science motifs, and nods to historical seaworthy ventures (there is mention of Bligh and his ill-fated Bounty here), this is a compelling album that will keep you on your toes every second. And with lush arrangements of oboe, sax, strings, and a crew of star Bay Area vocalists, this album--at once seductively poppy, challenging, funny, curious, touching, melancholy, brutally honest--will bestow new pleasures with every relisten. And you will.

Raymond Weir

'Seaworthy' is a witty, tuneful and musically literate collection of songs.
Everything you have read on this site is true. 'Seaworthy' should be recommended to anyone who likes thoughtful, quirky, tuneful, adult pop music. The references are all valid - Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, Ben Folds, Fiona Apple, maybe even a touch of kd lang on the vocals- but the record makes a statement of its own. The songs are witty and musically literate, while the playing is authoritative, measured and insightful. This band should be on the radio!

Vance Madison

Fantastic. Just fantastic.
I love this recording... Margrit has a way with songwriting I haven't heard matched in way too long. If you buy this disc, you won't regret it - it will be one of your favorites.

Jason Hoffman - WhatzUp

Invigorating and refreshing!
Thirteen songs and not a sinker in the bunch. True Margrit composes appealing songs in a variety of styles whose melodies are as playful as their lyrics, combining everyone from Carol King to the Breeders into a cohesive unity. The band gracefully rounds out their adult-oriented sound with enough layers, instrumental variety, rich harmonies, and rousing, singable melodies to bring you back to their open waters time and time again.

Full review at www.whatzup.com

Frances Fryer

Impossible Pop
Wow. From the heartbreakingly vulnerable (ballads From Another Zone and Great Praise) to the fantastically upbeat (Members Only, etal), this is a great record, old school--an experience to be savored from beginning to end. Songwriter Eichler is like a scientist in the lab of life, and finds her subjects (including herself) compelling creatures, and (here's the kicker) ultimately capable of great things. With lush, complex arrangements, surefooted musicianship at every step, songs that'll crack you up, make you scratch your head, sing along...SEAworthy is also HEARworthy.

Dianne Nola

What immediately struck me on this CD were the sweeping harmonies and ever-changing arrangements grounded by a STRONG rhythm section. True Margrit moves from a drifting waltz to a full blown rocking storm. The song True highlights this amazing orchestration. I do not think Margrit Eichler sounds like anybody else except perhaps Vince Guaraldi on Great Praise. Electricity is one of the most beautiful ballads I've ever heard.

L J Murphy

An album to listen to again and again!
Great songs passionately performed by a chops-a-licious band led by a pianist who plays like she split her childhood between the Brill Building and Tipitina's. Buy this CD!