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About Marcus Foster

Marcus Foster could have had it easy. He could have dropped names; doors could have flung open, and all the usual boxes could have been ticked. But Marcus Foster is no ordinary singer songwriter, and so he was never going to be quite so easily tempted into the tried and tested route of overnight success and instant fame.

"Organic" is a clichéd word, but Marcus' slow and stealthy gestation into a new artist of genuine note has nevertheless been just that. When you hear his songs, you realise it could never really have gone any other way.

‘Nameless Path' was recorded at the beginning of 2011 at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth under the expert supervision of Communion's Ian Grimble in the producer's chair. Surrounded by his band and friends, Communion head honcho and Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett recalls the sessions, ‘Marcus cannot work to a click-track. He doesn't understand it, so everything has to be recorded live and rely on the vibe alone. We'd find him at 3am locked in a makeshift chamber-room nailing his guitar solo for the next day's recordings. You can definitely hear that in the energy of the record."

The 13 tracks on Nameless Path sound as though they've been discovered from a golden age of music. Marcus is keen to distance himself from the greats, but the spirit of prime Van Morrison is very much self-evident. It's a raw, soul-soaked, bluesy rock'n'roll record, rich with languor and melancholic life. Not bad for a 24 year old.

Commencing on recent debut EP track, Shadows of the City, a tune that received hefty appreciation at Radio 1 and XFM, it's a song that is raw and rampant, capped by Marcus' grizzled howl. The likes of lullabic, ‘Old Birch Tree', the folk-informed torch-song and next single, ‘I Was Broken' (already covered by schoolfriend Robert Pattinson, and clocking up in excess of 3 million views on YouTube), bluesy and raucous ‘Rushes & Reeds', and spell-bindingly charming, ‘I Don't Mind', Nameless Path is a beautifully honest record by a young artist that means every word of what he sings, and plays ever last note as if it is his last.  

Marcus Foster was born in London. He was six years old when he felt inexplicably drawn to the piano for the first time, and began to take lessons. This was unusual, he points out, because although his family were a family of music lovers, none had a particular penchant for playing themselves. But Marcus did, and he became quietly obsessive about it.

By his early teens, he had discovered his artist father's Bob Dylan records, and his journey was now well underway, sparking an interest that would take him backwards rather than forwards. This means that while friends at school were lamenting the loss of Kurt Cobain and obsessing over an emergent Britpop, Marcus was instead stumbling into a kaleidoscopic world of Tom Waits, Van Morrison and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.  

He took a degree in Fine Art, specialising in sculpture, and finally an MA, which he completed just recently. It was while studying for his MA at the Royal College of Art that Charles Saatchi discovered his work, and promptly snapped up one of his creations. Saatchi was not the only one who liked what he saw: his degree show was subsequently exhibited across Italy and Greece. 

Marcus contributed one song to the Twilight soundtrack, entitled Let Me Sign, sung by his Robert Pattinson and two songs in the road movie Five Dollars a Day starring Christopher Walken and Sharon Stone, this was enough to light a fire under Marcus's name, and create an awful lot of premature excitement.

With astonishing rapidity, he had now became a word-of-mouth sensation, and signed to Communion at the tail end of 2010. Nameless Path is released in conjunction with Polydor Records.