Multi-talented, Los Angeles based musician and producer Adam Marsland comes to the Naked Lounge in Sacramento on April 2.
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Marsland wrote, played nearly every instrument, produced and engineered “The Owl and the Full Moon” in 2013, an album that consolidates his 17 years as a recording artist, session musician, producer and relentless DIY road warrior. He exemplifies his airy blend of intelligent lyrics, emotional truth and gorgeous melodies.
Most often associated with the Beach Boys, Marsland has mastered both their vocal stylings and wringing the emotional resonance out of the choral blends.
Album tracks like “No One’s Ever Gonna Hear This Song” meld the Boys’ harmonic tradition with the tragic pathos of Big Star.
The dreamy soundscape of “Song 11″ joins the ’60s orchestral grandeur of Phil Spector to “Mojave 3,” while the jaunty, ironic “Happy Face” recalls Mayer Hawthorne or another artist to whom Marsland is often compared, Ben Folds.
As Marsland points out on “Power Pop Days,” beautiful melodies, catchy hooks and poignant harmonies don’t necessarily make for shallow listening.
Coming after a 3 ½ year break from recording original music ” The Owl and the Full Moon” is the most accessible packaging yet of his considerable strengths; intelligence and emotional honesty combined with pop songwriting smarts.
Nearly a one-man tour de force, “The Owl And The Full Moon” does feature help on several tracks from soul legend Evie Sands, Brian Wilson sidemen Probyn Gregory and Teresa Cowles and strings by Eric Summer. Mastering polish was applied by former Beach Boys house engineer, Earle Mankey.
Marsland is a veteran songwriter and session musician, with credits including members of the Beach Boys, the legendary Wrecking Crew, The Standells, Davie Allan, Trotsky Icepick, Evie Sands, Wondermints, The Negro Problem, Paul Collins, Stew (2008 Tony Winner) and Alan Boyd (2012 Grammy Winner).
Marsland performs at the Naked Lounge, 1111 H St. in Sacramento, on Wednesday, April 2 at 8 p.m. There is a $5 charge.