NYC’s famed alt-pop duo Marian Hill return to the forefront of innovative alt-electronic music with a fresh upcoming album. “oOo that’s my type” ft. the burgeoning Yung Baby Tate (4M monthly listeners) sets the stage for the duo’s next act.
Known for their ability to infuse soul into a minimalistic soundscape, Marian Hill push the limits of their alt-electronic box by infusing elements of hip-hop, R&B, and pop. With the addition of the fiery Yung Baby Tate, new single “oOo that’s my type” is a sexy flurry of gritty bass and ingenious instrumentation–from water droplets to finger snaps and mysterious vocal effects.
“Before the pandemic, we’d gotten a bit jaded,” share Marian Hill. The excitement of a career in music had worn off, and there were moments when we thought about walking away. Then, of course, something that had never happened before happened. When everything stops, you really take stock of what you have. Marian Hill gave both of us the lives we’d always dreamed of, and kept us going during the darkest times yet. In a year when Samantha found herself turning 30 in her childhood bedroom and Jeremy suffered a traumatic injury to both of his wrists, the music we made for Marian Hill gave us something to feel good about in a world full of uncertainty. For a few moments each day, we could get lost in a song, and pretend we were playing it for you. And we made our favorite album yet.”
The accompanying video sees Sam (of Marian Hill) and Yung Baby Tate traipsing around town, choosing amongst the eligible suitors that await them on their nocturnal travels. Yung Baby Tate exclaims “As soon as I heard the beat, I knew this was the one! I’m so excited to have worked with such talented individuals on this song. I really felt comfortable giving it my all and we had so much fun at the video shoot. “
Chances are you’re familiar with the established duo- comprised of producer Jeremy Lloyd and vocalist Samantha Gongol – who released their debut EP, Play, in 2013. Two years later they followed it with Sway, an expanded collection of their songs, this time officially released through Photo Finish and Republic Records. The seven track project featured the smokey, trap-jazz hit “One Time,” which went viral on Vine and rewarded Lloyd and Gongol with a nice bump in popularity.
“One of the most amazing things about being discovered on the internet is you don’t have to tough it out at bars and shows, it kind of happens over night,” Gongol says. “But it also didn’t give me time to figure out my performance, to become confident.” Act One, their debut record, arrived in 2016 and brought the spotlight of virality onto the duo again. Apple featured the album’s single, “Down,” in an AirPods commercial nearly a year after Act One‘s release, boosting the infectious single to #21 on the Billboard 100, and pushing Marian Hill through the mainstream bubble. The duo have garnered 2.2 Billion worldwide streams, have played coveted late night shows like Fallon, and performed at Grammy paties.
Marian Hill showed how prolific they can be when they returned with their sophomore record only a year later titled Unusual (June 2018) -10 taut tracks including lead single “Subtle Thing” that garnered various tastemaker press approvals from the likes of PAPER Magazine, Billboard & Refinery 29. The record saw the duo solidify their position as a singular voice in modern pop and was paired with a series of ten one-minute visual episodes invoking the work of filmmakers Roy Andersson and Peter Campus.
Upcoming Tour Dates
Elsewhere, Brooklyn, NYThursday, September 16
The Sinclair, Cambridge, MAFriday, September 17
World Café Downstairs, Philadelphia, PASaturday, September 18
Troubadour, Los Angeles, CAThursday, September 23
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CASaturday September 25