INDIE SPOTLIGHT: noth(K)ing by Marshall Sinclaire
As a music creator myself, I’m ashamed to admit how wary I am of giving new indie artists a serious listen. This record was a pleasant exception for me. Marshall Sinclaire’s debut album is clearly the product of someone who has a keen ear for contemporary hip-hop. The record kicks off with an impeccably clean track, “William Martin (In It).” The production on this track establishes takes precedence over all else, but it allows for incredible depth. Generous delay and reverb paint the walls around Marshall as he raps, his flow unrelentingly stomping over his introduction. This flow persists uniformly throughout the entire record; Marshall’s whimsical lyricism provides a contrast to the lack of rhythmic variation.
By the interlude of this record, I wondered if the energy would persist. I was pleasantly surprised to hear more of the same with Marshall’s second wind on “Rick Grimes.” I’d normally gripe about the lack of thematic cohesion, but given the overall playful nature of the lyrical content, the record serves as a very enjoyable mixtape. It sounds like an artist who has realized his flow and is comfortable spilling it onto his canvas. Fortunately, he’s rapping over some well-crafted beats. Save “The New Elite,” the production on this record is surprisingly good for a debut.
If noth(K)ing is Marshall’s starting point, I’m excited to see where he goes.
Stream "William Martin (In It) here: