Featured photo courtesy of Marvel Years/Facebook.
Multi-instrumentalist Marvel Years is a true shapeshifter. Melding guitar instrumentation with studio beat making, the Vermont-born, New York-based artist fuels his productions with soul and blues to create the raw, bass-heavy signature sound that’s landed him multiple performances at Red Rocks alongside ZHU, STS9, and Pretty Lights.
Marvel Years now puts his hybrid instrumental and DAW talents on full display in his new Pink Floyd tribute EP, Have A Cigar, which was inspired by childhood years spent listening to classic rock. The two-track EP sees Marvel Years recontextualize an iconic record that soundtracked his adolescence— through both a collaborative cover alongside venerable musicians, as well as a self-produced remix.
“I’ve been playing this song on guitar since I was 10-years-old, and it was an honor to recreate one of the most impactful songs from my childhood alongside some of the most talented musicians I know. I loved the process of remixing our collaborative cover, further putting my own stamp on a record that’s influenced me so heavily.”– Marvel Years
The “Have A Cigar” cover showcases virtuosic guitar work from Marvel Years himself alongside sweeping vocals from trumpeter/singer Jennifer Hartswick (who has graced the stage with legends such as Herbie Hancock, Phish, and Tom Petty), emphatic drumming from Grammy-nominated drummer/producer Adam Deitch (from the band Lettuce), and lively synths from RAQ keyboardist Todd Stoops.
Marvel Years’ own remix of the classic track maintains the general structure of the cover but imbues its surface with a bevy of bass music elements. Bruising dubstep growls and drum patterns swirl around Hartswick’s voice and Marvel Year’s grand guitar solos, further filtering the Pink Floyd classic through a modern electronic edge.
All in all, the Have A Cigar EP allows Marvel Years to have it both ways: enamored equally by retro and futuristic aesthetics, this two-track project spotlights the artist’s production chops alongside his first musical love: the guitar. Stream the two-track tribute EP below.
Marvel Years x Pink Floyd – Have a Cigar ft. Jennifer Hartswick, Adam Deitch & Todd Stoops
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