Marina Orchestra Debuts New Album ‘Night Life’
“Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s the new line-up, maybe it’s the age,” says Marina Orchestra leader Justin Powers. He was talking about moving his band from Knoxville, Tennessee, to the Crescent City in 2015, but it could as well describe the band’s third album, Night Life, which debuts today. New Orleans seems like the perfect spot to mix up this gumbo of rock n’ roll with the island sensibilities that certainly identify Marina Orchestra and their Caribbean fusion.
There is so much delightful music happening here, with bouncing beats, on point rhythms, lovely vocals, and just the right amount of spice. The lyrics point the listener in that positive and upward direction at a time when that is precisely what we all need. Since 2010, Marina Orchestra has been a vision of a blaring brass section, swinging back-up singers, churning polyrhythms, and sweet melodies that stick with you.
Powers continued, “I’ve spent the past five years listening to this city, and I’ve channeled these songs out that time,” says Powers. “There is a lot of dancing here, but also a lot of searching.” Powers has found many reasons to continue writing uplifting music, especially thanks to the incredible group of performers who surround him. “This is the album I never thought I’d make. When I left Tennessee for New Orleans, I had no idea what was ahead of me.
The answer, it seems, is a combination of danceable grooves, great listening, and that Tennessee vibe transplanted into New Orleans. Marina Orchestra are: Justin Powers, Ryan Murray, Kelly Smith, Able Chris, Leo Frasier, Ashley Shabankareh, and Gia Monteleone.
[Night Life: Down with That, Poor Heart, Armed and Dangerous, Alligator, Nice Night (Interlude), Survival, Let It Roll, Dream After, Lost Loop]
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