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Our Love LP Out Now via Birthday Cake Records
|Notable songwriter and musician Marcus Paquin is perhaps best known for his work on albums by iconic artists such as The National, Local Natives, The Weather Station, Julia Jacklin, Begonia, and Sarah Harmer.|
Marcus shares his debut solo effort, an album entitled Our Love (out now via Birthday Cake Records). The album dives into a difficult transition in his life – the separation from his partner of 18 years and finding self-love, new love and acceptance of his new path in life. It was written, arranged, played, produced, and mixed by Marcus with drumming from friend and former bandmate Liam O’Neill of the band Suuns. It combines Marcus’ raw and intimate songwriting with his veteran production chops, blending traditional indie rock sounds with lush layers of electronics and synths.
On his new LP, Marcus wrote:
“Love is infinite.
The more we share, the more we receive.
Love is the common thread that weaves us all together.
It is selfless, it is fearless and it is kind.
Love is a luminescence in each of us. It is an energy and a strength that radiates and projects on the people and the world around us. That energy is amplified by the compassion and generosity of those we hold dear and by the mindful practice of gratitude, openness and forgiveness.
The catharsis that came of writing the songs on this album helped me process the pain of my separation from my partner of 18 years and recognize the beauty and the healing power of my own self-love. En route to accepting my new path, I saw clearly that love is everywhere and that we need only extend an open hand to receive it and an open heart to give it.
Our Love is an exploration of my relationship with love and an ode to love in its many forms.”
To celebrate the release, today, Marcus also shares the record’s focus track, “Until It’s Gone.”
Speaking on the track, Marcus continued:
“‘Until it’s Gone’ is a song about being conscious and recognizing that every moment is precious and filled with endless beauty.
We are surrounded by a love that connects us all, but often we dwell on the past and the future while overlooking what is most important; the present.
We must show up for ourselves NOW.
We must be present for the people in our lives NOW.
We must open our hearts and love NOW.
We must not wait until it’s gone.”
MARCUS PAQUIN LINK
Our Love – TRACKLISTING
01. More Than Alright
02. The Way Forward
03. Hollywood Lights
04. Until It’s Gone
05. Die For You
06. Something Beautiful
07. Close To You
08. Our Love
09. Tinsel Fountains
10. Are You A Stranger
Our Love LP Credits:
All songs written by Marcus Paquin
Recorded at Mixart Studio A by Francis (flying fingers) Belanger and the Bridge by Marcus Paquin
Produced and mixed by Marcus Paquin
Mastered by João Carvalho
All vocals and instruments by Marcus Paquin except:
Drums on More Than Alright, Hollywood Lights, Something Beautiful, Close To You and Tinsel Fountains by Liam O’Neil
Saxophone on More Than Alright by Adam Kinner
Beatbox on Our Love by Magnolia Paquin
Viola on Tinsel Fountains by Marika Anthony-Shaw