Taking a Little Down Time with Marc-E

No, I don’t get high. In fact, I never really have. However, I do enjoy flying away in my own head to a soundtrack of psychedelic electronica made by the like of Vancouver’s Marc-E. His downtempo, trip-hop beats with interwoven alien soundscapes, indie rock guitars, world music, musical lasers, deep drums, and bluesy riffs aren’t simply unique – they take me to another place.

The aptly named new release, Catharsis, is an emotional spiritual journey that will take you to the brink if you let it. Casual listens will certainly yield positive, albeit casual, results. However, if you close your eyes and surrender yourself to the sound, your experience could be truly transcendent. One who dabbles in psychedelic drugs may find themselves in a truly euphoric state, but that’s for you to find out on your own… due to my aforementioned limitations in such experiences.

For me, though, the music does all the heavy lifting that I need to embark on a a journey or relaxation, exploration, and (even, perhaps) rejuvenation. As I begin my personal Christmas vacation, a break from the daily grind that I try to take each year from Christmas through New Year’s, I kick it off with this album, a glass of lemon ginger tea, and a soak in my hot tub. And, for the experience, I can’t help but thank Marc-E for his 8 tracks of guidance through my personal meditation that will launch me into a week and change of family time, recharging my batteries, and no work days in sight.

Standout tracks: “Acceptance”, “Ethereal Glade”, and “Seeds of Faith (Isolation Mix)”

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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