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Album Review

The debut full-length album from Marian Hill, 2016's Act One, deftly showcases the Philadelphia duo's somewhat arty, stripped-down R&B. Featuring the talents of producer Jeremy Lloyd and vocalist Samantha Gongol, Marian Hill also benefits from the contributions of jazz saxophonist Steve Davit, who appears throughout. Centered on Gongol's lithe vocals, the duo make a minimalist brand of pop-R&B built around robotic beats, chilly synth hits, and Davit's Cubist post-bop sax lines that often sound as if they've been sampled and spliced into the mix. One gets the sense that Marian Hill are aiming for an aesthetic somewhere along the lines of Beyoncé making an album with '80s electronic outfit Art of Noise. Occasionally they come close, and cuts like "Talk to Me" and "Take Your Time" have a fresh, kinetic energy that captures the band's art-school inclinations and catchy hooks. Elsewhere, tracks like "Down" and "Bout You" have a sultry warmth that sounds like a '90s Brandy track remixed down to its barest essential elements.

Customer Reviews


5/5 stars, 37 grammys, album of the year, breakout artist of the year, #1 debut album, record breaking

Amazed 5/5

Simply genius. Unexpectedly really enjoyed ones that weren't your usual.. "Marian Hill"!

More Marian Hill? I'm So Down! 😎

Truly, a flawless album. I love when I'm torn between song favorites, and that's what Marian Hill continues to provide: a whole album to obsess over. Marian Hill puts out the very music I want to last into the coming generations. They maintain a style true to what they want to produce, and it never gets old. Keep it coming, MH! 🙌🙌🙌🙌


Formed: 2013 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '10s

Marian Hill are a duo from Philadelphia consisting of singer Samantha Gongol and producer Jeremy Lloyd. Their unique sound combines sparse, minimal electronic beats with seductive vocals (which are often chopped up and manipulated) along with sultry saxophone. The duo wrote a song called "Whisky" in spring of 2013 and sent it to dozens of blogs hoping to catch some attention. The song created a buzz, and the following year, the duo released their first EP, Play, as well as a 7" single, "Lips." They...
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ACT ONE, Marian Hill
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music, Rock, Dance
  • Released: Jun 24, 2016

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