BEYONCE GIVES SHOUT OUT TO LAND OF CANAAN ON HER BEYHIVEBLOG
PLAYING ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND
"Each of these 10 songs is meticulously crafted and performed with a power and confidence you'd expect from a more seasoned artist... ...there's barely a wrong-placed note on the whole magnificent album." - Uncut (9 of 10 Stars)
"Marques Toliver is a stunning mix of Dirty Projectors-style indie rock, contemporary minimalist composition (with lots of a swirling strings), and classic R&B somewhere between 1976 and 1996." - SPIN
"utterly luscious" - Time Out New York on Land of CanAan
"The standout "If Only" is a gorgeous soul number reminiscent of Al Green in his prime, while the sumptuous chamber pop of "Try Your Best" and "Stay" are equally easy on the ear." - Q Magazine
Marques Toliver's debut album Land of CanAan is still a week away from its May 14th release on Bella Union, but fans can stream it in full at Spin.com. Early praise for the album has been pouring in from critics and international superstars alike. Just last week, Toliver was spotlighted by Beyonce on the London edition of her members only BEYHIVEBLOG. This weekend Toliver is honored to be performing at the TV On The Radio curated Weekend 1 of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, held in Chamber Sands, UK.
Stream Land of CanAan on Spin.com
Toliver seemed to burst onto the scenes in the UK, making waves with a much heralded breakout appearance on Later With Jools Holland. The performance drew the interest of Bella Union, who released his first EP Butterflies Are Not Free, which earned Toliver praise from many corners, including the New York Times who lauded the "considerable talent," displayed on his "promising throughout" debut. NPR's World Café would summed his aesthetic up nicely when they wrote that he "elegantly bridges the seemingly disparate worlds of classical music and pop R&B."
On Land of CanAan the Daytona, FL born musician - who currently splits his time between Antwerp, NYC, and London - drew inspiration from love and longing and by reading the autobiography My Bondage My Freedom, by abolitionist Frederick Douglass. "Land Of CanAan stems from an upbringing in America's Deep South. It was while reading the Douglass' autobiography that Toliver would come across the refrain found on the albums opening title track. "There was a line in there about the slaves singing, 'Oh CanAan, Sweet CanAan, I am bound to the land of Canaan...'" recalls Toliver.
Land of CanAan is out May 14th on Bella Union