Marques Toliver – ‘The Land Of CanAan’

Marques Toliver - 'The Land Of CanAan'

Sly Stone joy and Bacharach and David perfect pop

The debut album from Florida singer/violinist Marques Toliver is way less weird than his 2011 mixtape ‘Studying For My PhD’ suggested. That was a rich stew of jazzy psychedelia and dialogue that only occasionally flirted with actual songs, but ‘The Land Of CanAan’ is pure trad soul, amply showcasing the talent discovered while busking by TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone and endorsed by Adele. ‘If Only’ is all Sly Stone bursts of joy, ‘Weather Man’ is pitch-perfect Bacharach and David pop, and ‘Control’ steals from ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ on a lovely album that knows its history.

Matthew Horton


Record label: Bella Union
Release date: 27 May, 2013