Absence is an electrifying EP, four dancing tracks that even closes with the feeling «saudade».

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Based in a city that hosts one of the best European indie-rock festivals -Leeds & Reading Fest-, the Marsicans are a 4-piece band that explores rock music, mixing it with folk appointments and great vocal harmonies. They now present us their third EP, Absence, which is 4-track record (with bonus track for each song) reminding us of Two Door Cinema Club and Young The Giant with shrill guitars and unwearying drums, one can feel their youth in every beat and chord.

Absence opens the record with a majestic crescendo that finds its climax on the solo after the first verse. Now the song sounds more Pop, but in a good way! The chorus is memorable and colorful and James’s voice hits it perfectly. “Patience is a virtue” they say, and they are absolutely right, we are quite sure that with patience, Marsicans will become a great band known all around the world.

Then Arms of Another is a great indie-rock song, more explosive than the others, always taking the guitar to its limits, keeping strong and electrifying drums.

Swimming appears to be the most “eletronic” track, using the synths more audible in a great mix with the organic instruments. Is noticeable that the instruments have the most important role in their music, and we think it’s great, ’cause obviously this guys do it awesomely well!

The EP closing track has a “surname”, is a Portuguese word: Saudade, which means missing something or someone, a feeling that has no translation and is felt when one is Far Away -the name of this song. Far Away (Saudade) sounds a bit like Foals and the very first notes remind us of Marcus Mumford’s voice. At some point, the song has an acappella bridge with great harmonies (once again) that bring us immediately to TDCC.

Here is a Leeds-based band that surely deserves us to keep an eye on them, in two years they’ve been making a great job. Marsicans are going in the right direction!

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