“In Stars” by Marlon Chaplin

As Music Editor I get a lot of publicists and bands sending me links to check out new music. I have found some great under the radar stuff this way, so imagine my surprise when I get an email from an artist Manager representing Marlon Chaplin asking me to check out his music, not knowing that I actually went to high school with Marlon and had previously covered a previous band of his Broken Bricks, but had lost touch with what he was working on. 

Using a technique called rotoscoping, the video’s director Karly McCloskey used over 5,000 individual paintings to create an electrifying mix of live action and animation. Drawing on influences such as the film “Waking Life” by Richard Linklater, the video perfectly captures the raw emotion behind the song. Visually arresting, this truly unique video captivated the audience at the Horseshoe Tavern.

In Stars has a country and blue grass sound, while still maintaining a rock and roll edge that Chaplin is so good at. As a folkie, I love this direction and can’t wait to hear the rest of the album that is apparently coming out in May! Visit marlonchaplin.com for more information. 

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