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Live Review: Marcus Whale's 'My Captain' is a hymn to the queer resistance

11 February 2016 | 12:58 pm | Amie Mulhearn

Sydney producer Marcus Whale reinvents himself with a captivating new single 'My Captain'

Over the last 6 years or so Marcus Whale has been a joy to watch as a member of both Collarbones, Black Vanilla and Scissor Lock.

His stage presence over the years commands attention wherever he performs from humble club shows to a recent cameo appearance with Flume at FCx10 at the Sydney Opera House. Adding to an already impressive catalogue in November 2015 Marcus Whale debuted a his gorgeous new self titled project with the single 'What If (Demo)'.

Never one to stay quiet for too long, Whale is back at it with his first official single 'My Captain'. Released through Good Manners Records, this single is a massive departure from the earlier dance friendly offerings instead opting for industrial percussions. From start to finish there is a massive crescendo of experimental sounds on display.

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The maturity of this new project shines through in the vocals which remain remarkably soulful amongst layers of harsher beats. Lyrically the title refers to a queer origin story, involving the legend of Captain Moonlite and James Nesbitt, criminals and lovers in the 19th Century colony of Victoria. Whale describes 'My Captain' as a hymn to the power of queer resistance.

Overall there is some serious talent from a serious mind on display here. Check it.

Words by Amie Mulhearn