Marley Carroll has a prismatic array of musical manifestations, and your impression can change based on which part of the spectrum you choose to view. As a singer and songwriter, he penned the eminently danceable indie hit “The Hunter.” As a DJ, he constructs expertly-mixed marathon sets that juxtapose vintage soul, disco and Afrobeat with modern house flourishes. Now, with his forthcoming record on Emancipator’s Loci imprint, Carroll has focused his attention on rhythm-forward instrumental electronica that is as meticulously-detailed as it is sublime. Taking its inspiration from the natural world, specifically flying and flocking creatures, Flight Patterns represents a new high watermark for the veteran producer.
Onstage, Carroll brings a more raw and improvisatory adaptation of his music to rapt audiences, combining live sampling, drum pads and looping with stunning and often unorthodox turntable skills. He has shared the stage with similarly-minded peers like Floating Points, Bonobo, DJ Shadow and Emancipator and has appeared at groundbreaking music festivals across the country (Coachella, Decibel, Moogfest).
Regarding his new label home, Carroll says: “Signing with Loci felt very natural. I’ve been touring partners and friends with Doug for a long time and he deserves a ton of credit for helping my music reach wider audiences. I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity and I hope it reaches fans of Loci that are open to something a little more uptempo.”