“THE CANOPY – ACOUSTIC’” is the new album by Amsterdam-based nu-future-soul singer-songwriter MARLE THOMSON. Using a combination of soul, folk and electronic sounds in her music, Marle has racked up over half a million Spotify plays and an impressive list of live performances on popular Dutch national TV and radio stations, performed at festivals and venues including Fashion Week Amsterdam, Modefabriek, ShowUP, Amsterdam Woods Festival, the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre, TREK festival, Uitmarkt Festival and Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week, opening stages for Heather Peace, Myles Sanko and Mark Wilkinson.
Since starting at a young age at her parents’ piano, she has discovered the different colours of her voice growing up and “just couldn’t stop singing!” After joining the church gospel choir, she moved on and experienced performances as a soloist in front of a public. In February of 2016, Marle launched her EP “THE CANOPY – ACOUSTIC” in the packed Paradiso venue in Amsterdam, which was entirely decorated with forty trees and plants to give the audience a total experience. The title of this EP symbolizes the writing process and the stratification in the songs. For her first single MARLE worked with a young Amsterdam video artist, Kamiel Rongen, who made a very special video for the song “Levitation”. The video was featured on Dezeen and had a week-long Power Premiere on VEVO.
Light, playful guitar and emphatic vocals open an entirely acoustic and lyrically dreamy musical poem which breaths with childlike fascination at the world. Lyrics hint at the paradoxical nature of love, and Thomson plays freely with timing, launching into slower sections to create rhythmic variation.
Of the album, Marle Thomson says: “For this album I wanted to go back to the essence of the songs, the way they were written, using only my guitar and voice. Not being able to hide behind a full production and other instruments, I pushed myself to even get closer to the songs, the meaning, and the lyrics. It means making an even stronger connection to my emotions and being able to connect to the audience. I really hope that the listener gets the feeling they are with me in my living room, where I literally recorded most of the songs.”