10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Marian Hill members Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd hit a home run with their 2016 breakthrough, “Down,” a moody piano number with an attention-grabbing beat. Here, the Philadelphia duo—known for an arty blend of jazz and R&B that fits curiously well on a dance floor—expand on their sound with terrifically strange, minimalist production and emotional songwriting. “Differently,” an ominous hip-hop cut about jealousy, gets the studio treatment from Boi-1da, a go-to producer for Drake. It’s bursting with nervous energy yet feels meticulously controlled, a tension carried throughout the album until “Go Quietly” lets loose.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Marian Hill members Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd hit a home run with their 2016 breakthrough, “Down,” a moody piano number with an attention-grabbing beat. Here, the Philadelphia duo—known for an arty blend of jazz and R&B that fits curiously well on a dance floor—expand on their sound with terrifically strange, minimalist production and emotional songwriting. “Differently,” an ominous hip-hop cut about jealousy, gets the studio treatment from Boi-1da, a go-to producer for Drake. It’s bursting with nervous energy yet feels meticulously controlled, a tension carried throughout the album until “Go Quietly” lets loose.

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About Marian Hill

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 received mainstream exposure when Romanian pop star Inna credited them as co-writers of her song "Diggy Down," which incorporated the hook of Marian Hill's "Got It." The duo signed to Photo Finish/Republic Records in early 2015 and released Sway, a seven-track EP. In 2016, they released their full-length debut album, Act One, featuring the single "Down." Early 2018 saw the release of the punchy single, "Subtle Thing," followed by an appearance at that year's Coachella festival. ~ Paul Simpson

ORIGIN
Philadelphia, PA
FORMED
2013

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