Marcella & Her Lovers

Swamp Soul Memphis

Bentley's Bandstand January 2015

by Bill Bentley, January 12, 2015, themortonreport.com 

Marcella & Her Lovers, The Bronze Age. How does the daughter of zydeco guru Terrance Simien make her own mark on the world? There’s nothing wrong with going to art college in Memphis after growing up in Lafayette, Louisiana, and jumping into the thick musical vibration of Bluff City. Marcella Simien heard it all as a youngster, no doubt, and once she double-downed with the Memphis sound, she found a totally striking new attack on Southern soul.

Even better, she found a handful ofplayers in Memphis that knew exactly the sonics to put with her style. It makes for one of the best new soul records of recent years, and even ifthe release is only a five-song EP, there is such an overwhelming surge of emotional realness it doesn’t matter. Then, just to show they know their way around history, Marcella & Her Lovers zero in on Billy Bland’s classic “My Heart’s on Fire.” The heavens are smiling on them all.

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