Album Review: Marsicans – Ursa Major

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Ursa Major

Words by Amy Butcher

Now I don’t know if it’s been made obvious to everyone yet, but here at Popped Music we’re MASSIVE fans of Marsicans and have been for a really long time. When the Leeds lads announced they’d be releasing their debut album, the first reaction from our hive brain was “FINALLY!” and once the excitement died down (only slightly), we couldn’t get over how proud we were of the four-piece for creating a phenomenal first offering in Ursa Major.

In these tight-pursed times, Marsicans came damn close to being an independent band with a debut album in the UK Top 40 – an incredible feat even if they’ll have been tinged with disappointment.  A higher chart placing would not have improved the quality of this album, although would have improved the prospects of Marsicans to those who make decisions with spreadsheets rather than hearts.

Starting with a build up to an intensifying instrumental sound, the first track Juliet (one of the album singles) erupts into 3 minutes of pure indie pop gold – euphoric guitar melodies, intense jangly chorus and addictive drum beats fill your ears. You then get a bit of a breather as Sleep Start begins, which has a more mellow, melancholic introduction, yet the quartet still manage to hit you with their classic anthemic, loud chorus complemented by James’ soulful vocals.

It’s at this point, we’re introduced to ‘Dr Jekyll’ – it’s something a bit different to what we’re used to. Here, Rob’s vocals make their debut; soft and telling, the song builds into the punchy climax of the chorus and bridge. I think it was at this point my first time listening, I had the biggest grin on my face as I knew Ursa Major still had so much in store for us.

Having funded the album themselves, you know they have poured their heart and soul into each and every detail of the record and that’s clear in both the production and tracklisting – the positioning of the interludes are purposeful and well placed. The Second Act includes Evie, Someone Else’s Touch and These Days where Marsicans really come into their own musically, showcasing the depth of their sound and musical ability. Whether it’s the serene atmosphere created in Someone Else’s Touch or the raw energy of Evie, let’s just say it’s bloody fantastic!

Leave Me Outside has to be my favourite song on the whole album – I’m given a little bit of everything that makes up why I love Marsicans. From the glistening harmonies, jarring guitar riffs similar to Radiohead’s Just to the lustrous melodies and tight drums; it’s an all round banger.

Honestly, I could gush about this album forever. Marsicans have produced one of the best albums of 2020.  If you’ve still not listened to Ursa Major yet, what are you doing? Grab your headphones, and take a listen.  If you don’t, well you’re seriously missing out.

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