The Stargazer’s Symphonium – Marvin B Naylor
Available now via Folkwit’s Bandcamp site (CD & Download versions), The Stargazer’s Symphonium is Marvin B Naylor’s latest release (September 2011) – distributed in association with Barcarolle Records:
The Stargazer’s Symphonium feature the single Little Speck of Blue released in 2010 as download single:
Little Speck of Blue – Marvin B Naylor (Download ONLY single)
Little Speck of Blue is a wonderful, quintessentially English pop song that’s awash with sparkling 12-string guitars and Beach Boys harmonies, while packing the kind of timeless melodic rush that has you reaching for fanciful comparisons with Penny Lane, See Emily Play and Pleasant Valley Sunday. Yet concealed within this ravishing tune is a gentle ecological message, delivered with humour and affection. The titular Speck of Blue is, of course, the Earth.
Once heard, Little Speck of Blue is hard to dislodge from the memory and is one of those rare songs whose appeal cuts across generations: it’s as likely to delight fans of Flaming Lips and Grizzly Bear as those of the Beatles and the Byrds. And remarkably this richly-detailed wall of sound is all the work of one man – Winchester’s Marvin B. Naylor.
“Marv’s music is most marvy. Crisply arranged, winsome and winning.” – Van Dyke Parks, Composer, lyricist, arranger, Brian Wilson collaborator, 2009
“”…a real musical curiosity…The lyrics are deliberately trippy and reality biting, while the whole package is instantly catchy” – Single of the week – Indie London
“Epic” – Tom Robinson BBC6 Introducing…
“This is a really classy song…Marvin B Naylor has taken us back to a time when music really meant something…a whopping opus… such sumptious music…the best 3 minutes 40 seconds of 2010” – Elly Roberts – Allgigs
“…a touch of genius” – Shane Blanchard – Tasty
“I was immediately grabbed by the dreamy, almost psychedelic 12 string guitar… a charming, intelligent track and Marvins’ skills as both a lyricist and guitar player are demonstrated nicely” – Gobshout
“The shimmering guitars create a magical feel to the whole listening experience” – Alex Yau – Audio Scribbler
“Despite the instrumental simplicity and folk leanings, the track offers a huge amount of depth that veers from one influence to another and refuses to be pigeon-holed” – The Music Fix
“I feel I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and I’m in Wonderland…” – The Mag
“…he’s won me over with this charming psych-pop: all Beach Boys harmonies, plinky strings and sun-kissed vibes. A groovy cat indeed” – Sounds XP
“This is a lovely, life-affirming slice of pop music.” – Jonathan Coe, Author of What a Carve Up! and The Rotter’s Club, 2009
About Marvin B Naylor:
English-born and Canada-raised, Marvin B. Naylor started a life-long love affair with music in the early Seventies. But even then, he was drawn less to the music of the day, more to the classic pop and rock of the late Sixties – Pink Floyd, Scott Walker, the Beach Boys and, of course, the Beatles. One sound appealed above all others, though: the magical jangle of Roger McGuinn’s electric 12-string guitar. Harder to play than its 6-string cousin and more expensive to boot, the 12-string produces a richer, more shimmering sound that has entranced guitarists from Peter Buck to Johnny Marr, George Harrison to Pete Townshend.
Today, having taught himself how to play it during long evenings on a rollaway cot in his parents’ basement, Marvin is one of the very few musicians who uses it as the bedrock of his recordings.
After a brush with stardom as a member of the Tim Friese-Greene and Warne Livesey-produced band Salvation Sunday, Marvin opted for the life of a jobbing musician – touring the world with covers bands and tribute acts. But he never quite gave up the idea of writing music of his own, and in 2004 released his first solo album, Monsters and Mad Things. The Last Flight of Billy Balloon (its title inspired by the lyric of Scott Walker’s Plastic Palace People) followed in 2008 and is a collection of dreamlike, cinematic songs full of pastoral English psychedelia, warmth and whimsy. Yet Little Speck of Blue takes those arcane Sixties influences and melds them into something instantly appealing: something, as the legendary Beach Boys’ lyricist, composer and arranger Van Dyke Parks puts it, “crisply arranged, winsome and winning”.
“I think the purpose of music should be to take the listener on a journey across
a landscape of unpredictable terrain and weather, where the final destination is
revealed only on arrival!”- Marvin B. Naylor
Find more music by Marvin B. Naylor at Bandcamp: