Marvin B. Naylor, “Little Speck of Blue”, Released: April 26th
Label: Barcarolle Records
Available via iTunes and all major download sites
"I think the purpose of music should be to take the listener on a journey across a landscape of unpredictable terrain and weather, where the final destination is revealed only on arrival!”- Marvin B. Naylor
“Little Speck of Blue” is a wonderful, quintessentially English pop song that’s awash with sparkling 12-string guitars and Beach Boys harmonies, while packing the kind of timeless melodic rush that has you reaching for fanciful comparisons with Penny Lane, See Emily Play and Pleasant Valley Sunday. “Little Speck of Blue” takes arcane Sixties influences and melds them into something instantly appealing: something, as the legendary Beach Boys’ lyricist, composer and arranger Van Dyke Parks puts it, “crisply arranged, winsome and winning”. Also concealed within this ravishing tune is a gentle ecological message, delivered with humour and affection. The titular Speck of Blue is, of course, the Earth.
Once heard, “Little Speck of Blue” is hard to dislodge from the memory and is one of those rare songs whose appeal cuts across generations: it’s as likely to delight fans of Flaming Lips and Grizzly Bear as those of the Beatles and the Byrds. And remarkably this richly-detailed wall of sound is all the work of one man – Winchester’s Marvin B. Naylor.
Marvin B Naylor’s single “Little Speck of Blue” has already seen support from national and regional radio, including BBC 6’s Tom Robinson and BBC Tees’ Bob Fischer.
"...a touch of genius" - Tasty Fanzine
"This is a really classy song...Marvin B Naylor has taken us back to a time when music really meant something...a whopping opus... such sumptuous music...the best 3 minutes 40 seconds of 2010" – All Gigs
"I was immediately grabbed by the dreamy, almost psychedelic 12 string guitar... a charming, intelligent track and Marvins' skills as both a lyricist and guitar player are demonstrated nicely" – Gobshout
"...he's won me over with this charming psych-pop: all Beach Boys harmonies, plinky strings and sun-kissed vibes. A groovy cat indeed" -Sounds XP
English-born and Canada-raised, Marvin B. Naylor started a life-long love affair with music in the early Seventies. But even then, he was drawn less to the music of the day, more to the classic pop and rock of the late Sixties – Pink Floyd, Scott Walker, the Beach Boys and, of course, the Beatles. One sound appealed above all others, though: the magical jangle of Roger McGuinn’s electric 12-string guitar. Harder to play than its 6-string cousin and more expensive to boot, the 12-string produces a richer, more shimmering sound that has entranced guitarists from Peter Buck to Johnny Marr, George Harrison to Pete Townshend. Today, having taught himself how to play it during long evenings on a rollaway cot in his parents’ basement, Marvin is one of the very few musicians who uses it as the bedrock of his recordings.
After a brush with stardom as a member of the Tim Friese-Greene and Warne Livesey-produced band Salvation Sunday, Marvin opted for the life of a jobbing musician – touring the world with covers bands. But he never quite gave up the idea of writing music of his own, and in 2004 released his first solo album, Monsters and Mad Things. The Last Flight of Billy Balloon (its title inspired by the lyric of Scott Walker’s Plastic Palace People) followed in 2008 and is a collection of dreamlike, cinematic songs full of pastoral English psychedelia, warmth and whimsy. On merit of the album, Fatea Magazine awarded Naylor with the Fatea Innovation 08 Award.
“I feel like I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and I’m in Wonderland”– The Mag
“Helium fuelled folk psychedelia… flecked with brilliantly strange juxtapositions” – Americana UK