Interview: Eugene Marie talks about their Brooklyn-themed EP, vacuums, existentialism, and the future.
“Have been a big fan of Brooklyn’s Eugene Marie since they emerged six months back. Now with a seven track debut EP under their belts, they’re really showing off the sort of diversity in sound that I’d really hoped they’d manage to find. Alongside almost Haim-esque pop songs like Can’t Take That Away From Me, fits in more experimental, slow burners like It’ll Never Be This Good, channeling the likes of Maggie Rogers and Sylvan Esso. There’s an undeniable elegance and beauty to their music; here’s hoping for plenty more.”
“Eugene Marie return with a stunning, self-titled EP full of humorous and sometimes quite troubling stories and anecdotes. ‘It’ll Never Be This Good’ is taken from the EP and sounds a bit like Judy Garland fronting a synth pop band. Images of Grace Kelly twirling a parasol around a 1940s swimming pool in Bellevue Avenue instantly spring to mind, whilst the soft electronica gives the whole piece a ‘80s nostalgia feel. This is essentially Hepburn in spandex sweating to ‘80s workout music.”
“Catcalling is one of the more frustrating aspects of living in the big apple, and being on the receiving end of incessant lines of creepy comments can be uncomfortable if not downright terrifying. What’s a girl to do? In the case of Lucy Marie Horton, one half of electro-pop duo, Eugene Marie, you turn it into music. The group’s newest track, ‘Nice Smell,’ features lyrics exclusively culled from the mouths of her street harassers. Though transforming predatory phrases into a pointed pop hit is a feat, Eugene Marie pulls it off seamlessly; crafting a piece that is playful and melodic, but also thrusts the dialogue surrounding catcalling further into the public realm.”
“ ‘Nice Smell,’ Eugene Marie’s new single, is made up of actual lines men have said to Horton. The concept sounds kitschy, and it could be if not done right, but both Horton’s vocals and her bandmate Spencer Stewart’s soundscape additions manage to turn otherwise creepy lines into a folksy pop bop.”
“Eugene Marie’s ambitious debut track, They Scared, put them on the radar as one of Brooklyn’s finest new acts, and their second offering, Money, yet again showcases their addictive take on experimental pop. Somewhere between the radio friendly energy of Sylvan Esso and the more left field genius of Grimes deep cuts, it’s the sign of a group determined not to be limited to a singular particular style.”
“Eugene Marie shares dark tones on ‘Money’...a refreshing little reminder that the Pacific Northwest is alive and well in the electronic scene.”
“This fantastic debut single...is the perfect blend of Björk’s unconventional left field exuberance, and Sylvan Esso’s odd-pop earworms. Inspired by a chance encounter that Lucy had with a woman in the street, which forms the lyrical centre piece of the track, They Scared is blisteringly unique and one of the most exciting debut tracks I’ve heard in quite some time. Part of an EP expected later in the year, here’s hoping the rest of their releases are as ambitious and genre-bending.”