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Marv – Keyboard Suite I

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LTD 12″ LP

Thereโ€™s a body of water in the woods near Carrboro. Dappled light on the trail leads you to it. Crunch of leaves underfoot. A river feeds the swimming hole where people plunge, naked and alive. On a chair you sit reminiscing about the future. After a dip, you lay on a big smooth rock – let the sun bake you dry. Then you walk further into the woods.

Like coming upon some keyboardists situated at the mouth of a cave, the entreaties on this record are calming but enigmatic, tinged with melancholy and reflection. Recurring motifs are given room to growโ€”thereโ€™s much space, and the progressions percolate, an auditory mapping of emotional crevices. Sentimentalism given a rougher edge. It lures you in; an orb appears, bright and buzzing. It motions for you to continue. As you do, a fragrance floats through the cave and fills your psyche, like a thousand roses hidden in the dark.

On ๐พ๐‘’๐‘ฆ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘‘ ๐‘†๐‘ข๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘’ ๐‘‰๐‘œ๐‘™. ๐ผ, MARV imbues analog subtractive and FM synthesis with a distinct physicality. Dub studio techniques and rigorously hand-played performances create an ‘environmental’ keyboard masterpiece strongly connected to the lineage of 1970s-80s private press ambient and electronic recordings– but elegantly modern sound design and production methods center the album in the present day. A timeless quality pervades ๐พ๐‘’๐‘ฆ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘‘ ๐‘†๐‘ข๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘’ ๐‘‰๐‘œ๐‘™. ๐ผ, allowing for easy repeats, marinating the subconscious ache of loss with a dreamily resolute hope.


released September 3, 2021

keyboards and effects ~ Geoff Schilling and Nathan Taylor
french horn (A2) ~ Aaron Smithers
mixdown assistance ~ Glyn Maier
audio finalization ~ Nathan Taylor
design and layout ~ Joe Bastardo (


black vinyl, printed center labels
lacquer cut ~ Amy Dragon
recycled black paper jackets ~ Middle Press
silkscreened with water/soy-based ink ~ Goatmother Industrial
recycled plantable seed paper insert ~ Greenfield Paper, debossed with Braille text* ~ Middle Press
custom scent ~ Meadow Maker Apothecary (


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