Marco Restrepo

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Artist: Marco Restrepo

Album: Lonely Hearts Club

Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://marcorestrepo.bandcamp.com/album/lonely-hearts-club

Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Soul Pop,

Sounds Like: Beck, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand

Best Songs: Heartbeat, Keep Falling, Freak

Weakness: Dated Sound, Winded Songs, Marketability

Final Grade: 6/10 Stars 

CD Review: Growing up in Marietta, Georgia an Atlanta suburb, Marco was always enthralled by music. Influenced early on by greats like Jackie… Wilson and The Beatles, along with hip hop acts like T.I. and Outkast, Marco was able to mold a distinct style unique to himself. The multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter is unwavering in his devotion to the creation of new sounds and pushing forward as an artist. … more  Personnel: Marco Restrepo – guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard, cowbell, tambourine, maraca, vocals, producer, art direction, design, engineer, audio mastering, Melody Wright – background vocals.

The CD kicks things off with “Saw You Standing” an upbeat intro piece that serves up classic Psychedelic rock groove against slamming R&B guitar and driving rock rhythm. Track 2 “Heartbeat” shifts gears with its rock steady rhythm section, heartfelt vocals and thought provoking lyrical content from McCracken. Track 3 “Now Nothing” is a sizzling melody that dishes out impressive feel and groove that peaks and valleys its way through to emotional fruition. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts like Beck, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand. The music itself is an impressive blend of Classic Rock, Blues, Soul, Psychedelic Rock and R&B-Americana. You definitely get an unmistakable guitar driven Psychedelic Rock vibe from the catalogue which all the Flower Children (past or present) will die for. I get the impression Restrepo and company are having a lot of fun just letting it all hang out with these songs. He’s definitely one of those guys that’s a whole lot of fun to listen to. His overall look and musical personality are infectious. I might add his vocal abilities hold their own pretty good with an impressive vibrato and passionate baritone delivery. You will notice lush layers of instrumentation layered everywhere, from impressive solo guitar licks, amazing harmonies, piano, and a thick low end rhythm scion. But the most impressive thing about this release besides the fully loaded 14 song line up is the feel good groove and musical personality you from Marco Restrepo. The CD and music is very likable, carefree and a whole lot of fun to listen to – very much like the artist himself. It’s fair to say Restrepo knows how to write a captivating and interesting song. From heartfelt “Rihanna” to melodic “Keep Falling” to grooving ‘Love Is” to hypnotic “Paul McCartney” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 14 “Freak” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

There are several micro timing issues throughout the album especially between the Bass and Drums. To go with this comment there are plethora of pitch issues between vocals, guitar and bass. I’m not sure what key some of these pieces are in. Mix and other engineering aspects sound awkward espelly of high end speakers. The production as a whole comes across as extremely amateurish, and DIY. All instruments lack syncopation and are not well synchronized together as one. I recommend Restrepo hire an experienced Drummer and Bass player to back him up rather than take this all on himself. To go with this last comment Restrepo needs to hire an experienced team of engineers (Recording, Mixing, Mastering) to give his sound the most potential. Restrepo needs to find an experienced Producer to push his sound in the right direction as well. At the end of the day Restrepo is a very talented singer/songwriter and guitarist and has an enormous amount of potential moving forward. Every artists has to start somewhere and this is a good start. I will add all of the above can be accomplished without compromising his Psychedelic Rock core personality and foundation. All songs under 3.5 minutes tend to sound like incomplete statements to me.

From start to finish Lonely Hearts Club from Marco Restrepo is a barnburner of a release. The music is consistent, uplifting, and extremely fun and entertaining. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really a weak piece of music on this entire CD. The writing and playing abilities of Marco Restrepo showcase talent. Last but not least Marco Restrepo is an artist with a whole lot of potential. He’s one artist that’s not afraid to just let it all hang out musically, and that’s what world class artists do the

Cyrus Rhodes