Well, in an unusual turn of events, the track that was posted this morning for Tracklist, one we wanted to get on the blog ASAP, has been taken down. Obviously, nobody pointed this out to us or even noticed until we had an apologetic email from Toliver's press person, which shows how popular this blog is for all the effort we put into it. For the record, here's what we wrote about Charter Magic:
Now based in London, Toliver has one of those backstories that ensures great press before anyone hears his music, discovered by Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio busking around Central Park and going on to collaborate with Grizzly Bear and Bat for Lashes as well as TVOTR before signing to mark of distinction Bella Union and Transgressive's management arm. Excellent spot, Kyp - Toliver has a classy soul voice that picks up just about anywhere on the register and makes comparisons to Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder not that far wide of the mark while explaining why Adele was calling him "my new favourite artist... I just heard of this guy about two hours ago and I'm obsessed already" a full eighteen months ago. Yet he's also responsible for the violin plucks and glissandos - look, here he is doing it live at last year's Great Escape - that take it into the Owen Pallett territory where soulful pop melody meets baroque neo-classical arrangement, with extra gospel tuition. This astounding piece is the first fruit from the Butterflies Are Not Free EP, released April 25th.
That's what this isn't, but it is what he is. In its stead, here's a demo of White Sails and a video of him doing it on Jools last November.
Marques Toliver - White Sails (Demo) by MarquesToliver