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MirrorJon Marsden
00:00 / 04:18

‘Mirror’ is a track that was written and produced throughout late 2020 and early 2021. The song went through many iterations before the final version. ‘Mirror’ started with the melodic chord progression played on guitar and was gradually layered into a fully fleshed out production. In the end the song focused more around the piano and keyboards rather than the guitars. After the instrumental was written and arranged, I wrote the lyrics and melody over it. The song writing was influenced by 70’s and 80’s RnB with modern recording and production techniques. The song takes inspiration from artists of the era such as Marvin Gaye, Shuggie Otis and Cymande.  ‘Mirror’ took vocal inspiration from Gaye’s song ‘Inner City Blues’ which uses the falsetto register throughout the song. Rhythmically ‘Mirror’ borrows ideas from Cymande’s self-titled album ‘Cymande’ making use of various auxiliary percussion elements such as congas, bongos, tambourines, and shakers. If you listen carefully you can hear an acoustic guitar that was used throughout the chorus’ more as a rhythmic element rather than a harmonic one.

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Written by Jon Marsden

Performed by Jon Marsden

Produced by Jon Marsden

BIOGRAPHY

It’s not often that one comes across an artist as uniquely multifaceted as Brisbane based singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Marsden. Writing and producing music since the age of 16, Jon has developed a unique style of DIY song writing and production that is relatable and engaging. Jon fuses introspective lyrical song writing with eclectic rhythm and groove to deliver a performance that is both intricate yet transparent and sincere. Inspired by elements of classic soul/RnB, Folk, and pop, Jon takes inspiration from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Jeff Buckley, and Nick Drake among others to form unique and deceptively detailed soundscapes.

 

Performing since the young age of 14 Jon has had the opportunity to cultivate his skills in the live setting to create an immersive show. Accompanied by backing band Jon has opened for artists such SYCCO, Sahara Beck, Katie Baker, STUMPS and TOWNS to name a few.

Jon continues to write and produce music from his small home studio in Brisbane.

Untitled (I'll Go)Jon Marsden
00:00 / 02:50

The aim with ‘Untitled (I’ll Go)’ was to create dramatically contrasting timbres and dynamics that build the emotional tension and release. The song was inspired by artists like Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver and Matt Corby. At its core, this song is a modern folk pop tune but with an edge. The track is based around a repeated melodic chord progression played predominantly by double tracked acoustic guitars and layered faintly with an electric guitar. Originally the song was very clean cut however emotionally and dynamically it felt flat. To make the song different and interesting I used heavy distortion and overdrive on the rhythm and vocal elements, not something commonly thought to be used on a folky ballad. The recurring vocal “oooo’s” sections act as a breath of fresh air or as a “home” to relax the tension created in previous sections. Furthermore, taking inspiration from Bon Iver vocoders were layered underneath the vocal to add depth and an ethereal quality.

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Written by Jon Marsden

Performed by Jon Marsden

Produced by Jon Marsden

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Pull It DownJon Marsden
00:00 / 02:23

The idea behind ‘Pull It Down’ was to create an extremely raw and “perfectly imperfect” song. This track was Inspired by artists like Beck, D’Angelo, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and Jimi Hendrix. The song takes an alternative approach to bluesy riff-based song writing with heavy emphasis on the rhythm and guitar. I found that too often I spent hours upon hours attempting to get the perfect take and would end up with an extremely polished song with no character. This song was an exercise in creating character through small details. The main guitar riff was played on an extremely inexpensive guitar which had an extremely high humbucker position. All of the small clicks, clacks and squeals heard throughout are a result of the strings clipping the physical humbucker. This song takes vocal inspiration from D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ album. D’Angelo layered his vocals in such a way that each layer was slightly different, whether it be a slightly flat note or out of time delivery, I believe this added a lot of character to D’Angelo’s productions. Furthermore, each vocal take was done in one take regardless of imperfections. A lot of the sounds heard throughout the introduction are the beginnings of the vocal takes that I decided to leave in as I believed that it created atmosphere.

CREDIT

Written by Jon Marsden

Performed by Jon Marsden

Produced by Jon Marsden

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Combining catchy guitar riffs and a charismatic vocal tone, Marsden's sound seemed effortless as it drifted between jazzy intros and funky rhythms. Marsden's performance was a psychedelic journey...

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