Music producer/multi-instrumentalist Marcus Singletary and the staff of independent record label Aviation Records have been awarded the 2021 California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant. Governor Gavin Newsom and the California State Legislature announced the $500 million grant program on November 30, 2020. Singletary launched the company in 2006 as an outlet for album releases encompassing a diverse array of styles including Americana, fusion, and progressive rock. Of the grant, Singletary says, 'Eventually, our collective attention will turn away from the pandemic, just as audiences’ tastes in popular music change, over time. This opportunity ensures that we will continue to press on with our goals of teaching the world about - and placing a modern spin on - some important forms of music that have, in recent times, been largely ignored.'
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'Marcus Singletary is an artist whose creativity and musical zeal is unmistakably his own. Let’s just say he follows his own muse.' -Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility
Marcus Singletary’s Born to Be Wild mixes dark themes and globe-spanning musical hijinks with occasional rays of equatorial sunlight. The album begins right at the ‘Top of the Sky,’ where authoritarian world leaders face Doomsday by delivering the same fascist messages to their followers.
A trip to Singletary’s hometown occurs during ‘Freeform Guitar (A Tribute to Terry Kath),’ which throws grenades while honoring one of rock’s greatest six-stringers. ‘Devil’s Rage’ heads straight into Hell on heavy riffage inspired by the gods of metal, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, and on an interpretation of Steppenwolf’s ‘Born to Be Wild,’ Singletary uncovers some previously unearthed funk within Canadian songwriter Mars Bonfire‘s
Ominous Floydian pulsations and winds stamp ‘Three Beaches of Narragansett,’ telegraphing the blood rituals and human sacrifices envisioned aboard the ‘Space Train to Babylon’ (the 11-minute travelogue also visits Salem, Tin Pan Alley, and a tribal rain dance where the drums conjure up impressions of ‘In-a-Gadda-da-Vida.’) Under African skies, Zulu spoons form the rhythmic foundation of the nostalgic ‘(I Don’t Need Your) Permission,‘ and the journey ends with the uplifting ‘Siyavuya Ngoku’ (Xhosa-to-English translation: ‘We’re Happy Now.’) It provides an orgasmic, well-deserved tension release.
Early cuts in Singletary’s catalog echo American roots music. What followed were comedic exercises, concept albums, and lush soundscapes. Even though unpredictability remains on display throughout Born to Be Wild, everything rocks dangerously, and with authentic flair. Vocals slice through thick layers, the one-man instrumental attack kicks ass, and at all times (and through clear sonic clues), listeners are always aware of their surroundings and trajectory - making it easy for anyone of any age or intelligence level to enjoy the ride.
Artist: Marcus Singletary
Title: Born to Be Wild
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