Dork Radio
Now playing:
In the mag...
Featuring Shame, Beabadoobee, Ashton Irwin, Boy Pablo and more.
Order a copy
November 2020
Album review

Marsicans - Ursa Major

A feverish shot of pure indie adrenaline.
Label: Killing Moon
Released:
Rating: ★★★★
Marsicans - Ursa Major
Published: 11:28 am, September 24, 2020Words: Jamie Muir.

Yes, it’s taken a while. For nearly five years it’s felt like Marsicans have been on the cusp of releasing a debut album, but they’ve taken a different path. Touring, gaining experience not just in music but life too and writing at the right moments. It’s testament to Marsicans that ‘Ursa Major’ arrives with an added sense of anticipation and pressure built from a devout following that has taken them around the world and back - and across its 16 tracks and interludes it delivers a feverish shot of pure indie adrenaline.

For the lazy listener that wants to dismiss what they think of Marsicans as guitar-swinging anthems only, ‘Ursa Major’ revels in its layers. ‘Sleep Start’, ‘Juliet’, ‘These Days’ and ‘Can I Stay Here Forever (pt. II) deliver that scorching energy in abundance, but Marsicans bring new flourishes to their every move - stepping aside from the pack with cracking results. ‘Someone Else’s Touch’ is a devastatingly raw ode that practically captures the exact sound of lost love and heartbreak, ‘Dr Jekyll’ sits along chilling plucked lines before exploding into a ferocious pounce and with ‘Summery In Angus’, Marsicans spotlight their effortless ability to serve up Beach Boys harmonies at one moment followed by mid-00s indie and alt-rock at the next.

It’s a combination that works in splendour. That raw knack for taking everyday life and those subtle emotions felt by all and turning them into sky-high indie anthems primed to be sung back by the bucketload - now that’s worth waiting for.

Give all this a try

Bow Anderson: "I was 13 when I injured myself. I couldn't walk, I had to do physio"
Feature

Bow Anderson: "I was 13 when I injured myself. I couldn't walk, I had to do physio"

Once tipped for trampolining stardom (yes, really), Edinburgh native Bow Anderson has hit her stride this year with a handful of irresistibly- retro pop tunes that couldn't have come from anyone else.
Cast your vote in the Dork Reader's Poll 2020!
HRRRNK!

Cast your vote in the Dork Reader's Poll 2020!

It's that time again! Tell us what you've been into this year.
Alfie Templeman: Boy wonder
Cover feature

Alfie Templeman: Boy wonder

Alfie Templeman might still be only seventeen years old, but he’s on the rise.
Ashton Irwin: In Bloom
Feature

Ashton Irwin: In Bloom

He's already conquered the world as part of 5SOS, but now Ashton Irwin is going it alone - in a more honest and open way than ever before.
Like this? Subscribe to Dork and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.
CONTACT PRIVACY ADVERTISE

© 2018 The Bunker Publishing