Marco Restrepo

Marco Restrepo

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Artist: Marco Restrepo

Album: Lonely Hearts Club


Score: 4/5

Enter Atlanta based artists that goes by the name of Marco Restrepo, a singular artist in the studio. On his latest release entitled Lonely Hearts Club you can expect a semi-experienced rock musician who champions a highly melodic sound against a passionate backdrop of vocals and lush guitar and keyboard combo, With his latest 14 song CD Lonely Hearts Club expect 14 passionate clips of spot-on alt-rock with straight forward arrangements that are unique within their own right.

Ninety seconds into the first track Saw You Standing, two of the first things crossing your mind is: 1) How undeniably enticing the music sounds, and 2) why the heck haven’t I heard of Marco Restrepo before. But let’s not get to ahead of ourselves here. Track 1 and 2: Saw You Standing and Heartbeat lift off the ground nicely. Both are a hooky prelude with killer movements and yes, both tracks are still ringing in my head. Track 3 Me to You is another intriguing anthem which is probably my favorite track on the CD. Rihanna and Keep Falling are two intellectual affirmations of sorts and delivers more progressive rock balladry and show how diverse their writing style can be. The CD as a whole does a nice job at offering a wide variety of media; some slow, some fast, some hard some poppy. All tracks are passionate, while some hit hard with a ring of truth to them. As a vocalist Restrepo sings well. I especially like how his voice ort of flows with the music – never going against the grain. Restrepo is no doubt has a solid live show waiting to happen. I believe he puts an emphasis on playing and solid heartfelt vocals. One of my favorite things about this CD is how his musical style sort of runs its natural course with pockets of bursting intensity then quickly withdraws again into melodic seclusion. I found this to be a very cool trait of Restrepo. Hs music is comparable to a faded pair of blue jeans rather that a still pressed pair of Khakis. To go with this – he is kind of a master at matching this flow with his voice and emotion.

Criticism: Restrepo needs to tighten up the timing a bit before he records, actually quite a lot. I recommend he play to a click track, then delete the click track and record the other parts on top of the live drums. His timing is really all over the place. As a result on some songs sort of meander across the speakers.

Lonely Hearts Club by Marco Restrepo is a really good musical teaser and sets the standard for new age psychedelic rock. It combines a masterful string of inspirational subjects, and well thought out lyrics for today’s thinking man/fan. Taking all of this into consideration you begin to understand why this lad is making such a splash. What’s more the lyrics are carefree yet full of intrigue, passion, and wisdom. I can also hear a bit of Dan Auerbach, Blackroc, Jack White, and Kasbian. All of this and more makes Marco Restrepo an extremely hot commodity, to say the least. He has a look that will attract many female fans as well. In the end he does a marvelous job of extolling emotional energy via a strong 14 track release called Lonely Hearts Club.


Douglas Katz

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