Marian Hill

Monqui Presents

Marian Hill

Thu, June 8

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Crystal Ballroom

Portland, OR


This event is all ages

Marian Hill
Marian Hill
Act One, the debut full-length from songwriting duo Marian Hill, was written and produced in its entirety by Jeremy Lloyd (music/lyrics/production) and Samantha Gongol (music/lyrics/vocals). The multi-talented duo, who have been collaborating in one form or another since high school, have shifted the classic paradigm of a woman on a stage and a man with a piano to a woman on a mic and a man with a laptop -- and the results are seductive and vivid. Tempting paradox with a blend of blues and bass, acoustic and digital, classic and modern, Marian Hill have arrived.

Two years ago Sam and Jeremy wrote and recorded "Whisky" over spring break in Jeremy's parents' basement. When they released it for free on Soundcloud later that summer it was the only song they'd written for the project, and in a little over a year's time they had recorded their first EP in a bedroom, amassed millions of plays on various platforms, sold out shows across the country and featured in high profile commercials. They signed to Republic Records in early 2015, released the Sway EP, and settled in to write and record their debut album over the course of the following year with a plan to push their unique sound to its fullest potential.

For the first 50 seconds of "Down" you might think you're at a supper club in the 1920s, but when the bass drops out of nowhere you couldn't be anywhere but 2016. Act One then takes you on a journey through the complexities of modern relationships, with each song inhabiting a specific and charged
relationship lyrically, melodically, and sonically. "I Know Why" constantly transforms and reinvents itself as the vocals grapple with a secret while "Mistaken" is the hardest of sax trap with a classic songwriting backbone. "Same Thing" is the saddest part of the album, a haunting ballad depicting serene resignation of a doomed relationship, but castanets rise from the ashes as "I Want You" closes out the night in a pure moment of optimistic electricity, a glance across a crowded room that changes everything.

Marian Hill's one of a kind sound is present throughout — blues harmonies blend with sparse hip hop drums, horns blast under classic vocal melodies, and soloistic vocal chops sit side by side with clear, intimate lyrics. You've never heard this before, yet it's surprisingly familiar. And it's only the beginning. The duo grew up together and their chance meeting in middle school, starring opposite each other in The Music Man as Marian Paroo and Harold Hill, now serves as the basis for their name. While pursuing separate musical paths, the two began writing together over college breaks, spending hours together perfecting lyrics and melodies — in the last of these sessions they wrote and recorded Whisky. Jeremy blindly emailed Whisky to sixty blogs and within 2 weeks the track had climbed to the chart on Hype Machine. The buzz grew, the label calls began, and in early 2015 Marian Hill signed with Photo Finish / Republic Records.

"Got It" sees sexy vocals sail above early-Neptunes-era glitchy beats and handclaps before a melody transfixes, singing a mantra to individuality veiled in sly innuendo. The beat's sparse backbone came to Jeremy on a bus ride home to Philadelphia for a writing session, and the song was completed by the end of the following day. On "One Time" finger-snaps and a bass boom keep time as Samantha's voice casts a spell, twisting the old one-night stand into a song of female empowerment.

Their sound has just started to percolate throughout the zeitgeist at large, soundtracking numerous promotional campaigns, television shows, and packed nightclubs. Now prepping their debut full-length debut, they seek to push the limits of their content and sonics even further.

"We love the control you have in modern songwriting, because it's not just music and lyrics – it's everything. We're writing an album of true, focused songs – where every component, from the choice of snare drum to the choice of lyric, is driven by one specific idea."