PressPress Release Feb 2011
Deep Pearl Records are excited to to be able to announce the eagerly awaited release of ‘Voices from the Underground’. The third
album of Australian singer-songwriter Marisa Yeaman.
Marisa’s new self produced album is introspective, yet world encompassing, looking not just at her personal journey, but also how she
sees the state of the world. Being self produced, ‘Voices from the Underground’ is pure ‘Marisa Yeaman’, carved directly from the
writer’s vision to you.
Yeaman is known for cutting close to the bone in song, and this new album is no exception. ’Straggler in the Human Race’ speaks
openly of how it feels to be an artist in times driven by a quick buck mentality. Marisa had her eyes opened early to the wealth of a life
lived outside the lines, and to the often unseen beauty of life. Spending years as a young child travelling with her family around
Australia, instilled in her a love for the ‘characters of circumstance’ that live amongst us everyday.
Marisa says “The songs on ‘Voices’ dig underneath the superficiality of everyday life to celebrate the ‘core of creativity’ and/or the
beauty of the human soul. In our busy existence, more and more we seem to take for granted the small things.” She shows through
song, that people who stand out in society as different, and don’t act as they are expected to, are often the ones that make some of the
biggest differences in our lives. This is evident in the tracks ‘Galileo’, ‘Nightingale’ and ‘Montmartre Tonight’. Her songs pose
several questions, “Is a thing of beauty valued, if it serves no commercial purpose? Is there meaning without art?, Is the safe path
always the right path”?
The smoke and dark cafe feel of ‘Nighthawks Lament’ addresses the current state of the music world, and how art itself has gone
underground, being replaced by corporate business interests. ‘Warm night in Austin’ talks about finding musical sympatico in Austin,
Texas. ‘Age of Discovery’ speaks of reaching out and being open to change, which is fitting considering Marisa recently relocated to
Holland from Australia to explore new musical worlds.
This collection of songs is brought to life with the help of some of Australia’s finest musicians. Marisa’s trademark is of predominately
acoustic treatments, and the sound of real players through the microphone. At the core of the album Marisa is joined by
multi-instrumentalist Dave Steel who is quietly spoken, but speaks in volumes with his playing. Read the liner notes and you will see a
veritable smorgasboard of Australia’s most respected roots players, some of whom join Marisa for a third time on this album.
Marisa Yeaman continues to evolve as a writer and musician, a survivor from a generation of musicians to walk through, and rise from
the smouldering ruins of an industry in crisis by remaining a truly independent artist. She has endured in her own quiet way,
releasing her own records and travelling her own road, a seeker of meaning through her art.
‘Maverick UK’ recognizes a true Aussie Maverick –
★ ★ ★ ★ 4 STARS
‘Heartfelt and honest roots-based and lyrically strong second album.....A record that grows and grows in stature with each hearing’.
‘’Her songs are beautiful and personal tales that reach right into the heart of the listener, like the Dylanesk ‘Amsterdam Rain’. She has a magnificent voice that reminds of Shawn Colvin and Eliza Gilkyson’ Heaven 100 - Netherlands
‘She has that essential ability to present a concept or feeling in the most precise
package possible, saying, to paraphrase an old quote, ‘the mostest, with the leastest’.
Now that’s the hallmark of good songwriting.’ - Freight Train Boogie – USA
‘ROADMAP HEART’ VOTED #12 IN THE EURO AMERICANA CHARTS 2009 2 months in chart
‘PURE MOTIVE’ VOTED #19 IN THE EURO AMERICANA CHARTS 2006
‘Music lovers who know her former album,’Pure Motive’, will not be disappointed by this new work. In my opinion, Marisa has forged a true place as a quality music artist’ - Rootsville Belgium
‘Similar to the literary writer Mark Twain, Marisa Yeaman writes about a country lifestyle as she looks beneath the surface of human nature with the clarity and perception of a sage.’ - Hybrid USA
‘An amazing folksinger, destined to grow, capable of instilling impressions so rare, speaking of solitude, lost lovers, the passing of time, with an aura of poetry.’ - Roots Highway - Italy 2009
‘The finest CD of 2008 by a female artist. A beautiful CD by a woman of flesh and blood, music made with passion.’ - Lucky Dice Netherlands 2009
★ ★ ★ ★ ★5 STARS ‘All Hits No Misses’ -Mazz Muzikas Belgium
‘Marisa’s live work (of which two tracks appear on this album) has to be seen to be believed. The skillful guitar playing, the resonance of her voice and her very presence have the ability to draw anyone in.’ ‘Roadmap Heart’ deserves to be on every playlist in this country or will we have to see Marisa gain her due recognition overseas and then and only then will we say ‘she’s one of us’’. - Hillside FM Australia
“ Time is cast” is Magnificent!- Le Cri Du Coyote France 2009