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Marco Joachim “Hidden Symphonies”
Written on February 11, 2011 by powerpopaholic in Highly Recommended by Powerpopaholic, Top Ten of 2011
Marco Joachim and collaborator Jon Gordon put together this labor of love, stylistically emulating ELO and The Beatles. Hidden Symphonies is a gorgeous album, thick layers of guitars, synths, strings, keyboards and horns are piled on to give us an alternative universe version of Sgt. Pepper. Not an easy task for even a skilled musician, but Marco takes it on with “And When The World” with it’s looping chords, and Lynne styled vocal approach. On “Things You Do” it builds on a piano riff similar to Randy Newman’s “Short People,” but hooks you with a neat slide guitar accompaniment. “Cellophane Sue” is complete with Stones-like horn section, Penny Lane baroque trumpet, and capped with a wacky, exuberant guitar duel. “Nameless”, performed to a string quartet, is an ironic commentary on suburban life that is touching and yet sarcastic, sung in a sincere McCartney style that evokes the Beatles Revolver. I could continue to gush about the flawless pop atmospherics of “Gramercy Park” and play “spot the influence” on every track here but it’s all superfluous. Just get this album, it shouldn’t be “hidden” for long, as it makes my Top Ten for 2011 list.