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Jim Marcotte has been many things in the music scene---rocker, songwriter, guitar slinger for hire---but now he's the architect of an EP that'll hit you right in the feels. His sombre EP, HIdden is a gem that you probably haven't heard yet, but it's an impressive sonic experience and a rich emotional journey. Marcotte built his career on 6 strings, but the 5 songs on Hidden show that he has a unique musical statement to make among guitarist songwriters. The EP references acoustic and indie rock genres, but there's a voicing and sound to the songs that is at once both familiar and nuanced. "Slave of the Times" starts off the EP with an ostenato that crescendos into a full sonic swell with a restrained but emotive vocal performance by Marcotte leading the way. "Everything We Do" harkens back to 60s rock traditions with some British invasion voiced chords interwoven. "The Light" is a warm, full love song that deftly manages to avoid any of the cliches that accompany that theme. It's a unique take on intimacy that's confessional and never trite. Marcotte's next show on January 3rd is the release of the music video for "The Light". Throughout the EP there's more than just impressive guitar work. There are also thick, tonal strings that bring an emotive mid-range warmth, and peppered mellotron-sounding keys. Although this is guitar-driven music, the songs are fully realized with varied, textured instrumentation. In summary, Hidden is a fantastic EP and a compelling statement with an emotional punch behind each song. Check out Jim Marcotte's show on January 3rd at The Skylark, one of our favorite venues and one of the best sounding stages in the region. He'll be joined by some of our favorite folks including Xolie Morra and the Strange Kind, and Jesse Gallaway. It's an amazing line-up of music to highlight a stellar track on a stand-out EP” - Rain City Collective
Touching strings and acoustical plucks serve as a serenely effective complement to the emotive vocals to start. Glistening piano at 00:37 starts to signal a structural escalation, with the "the way the light shined on you," chorus tugging at the heartstrings effectively. The video is an effective visual narration of love's journey throughout all its peaks and valleys, beautifully reflected in the song's lyrics, with the "I'm here standing in our house alone," lyric evoking a deeply melancholic feel. Rousing bridge around 02:40 shows a memorable emotional plea for a time gone. "The Light" is a gripping emotive track that certainly conveys a romantic, endearing message” - Mike Mineo

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Jim Marcotte Live at Route 2 Taproom Route 2 Taproom , Monroe, Wa Route 2 Taproom , Monroe, Wa
Jim Marcotte Music Live at The Brick The Brick , Renton The Brick , Renton
Jim Marcotte Music at Tracyton Public House Tracyton Public House , Bremerton, Wa Tracyton Public House , Bremerton, Wa
Jim Marcotte & Hayden Thomas play Soulfood Coffeehouse Soulfood Coffeehouse , Redmond, WA Soulfood Coffeehouse , Redmond, WA
"The Light" Video Release Show ! Skylark West Seattle , West Seattle Skylark West Seattle , West Seattle
Hotel Albatross presents Jessie Thoreson/Tuff Sunshine/Jim Marcotte/Chris Sicard Live Hotel Albatross , Seattle, Wa Hotel Albatross , Seattle, Wa
The Northend Road presents Kristin Chambers/Kye Gordon/Jim Marcotte/Ryan John Mirkwood Public House , Arlington, Wa Mirkwood Public House , Arlington, Wa
Jim Marcotte Music Live at O'Neill's Bar & Grill O'Neill's Bar & Grill , Gig Harbor O'Neill's Bar & Grill , Gig Harbor
Jim Marcotte Music at Penn Cove Tap Room Penn Cove Tap Room, Coupeville Penn Cove Tap Room, Coupeville
Jim Marcotte Music Living Stage Hotel RL, Olympia, Wa Hotel RL, Olympia, Wa
Jim Marcotte Tracyton Show Tracyton Public House , Bremerton Tracyton Public House , Bremerton
Jim Marcotte at Tracyton Public House Tracyton Public House , Bremerton, Wa Tracyton Public House , Bremerton, Wa
Jim Marcotte EP Release with The Winter Shakers and Thomas Hayden Music The Central Saloon, Seattle, Wa The Central Saloon, Seattle, Wa
Jim Marcotte at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville, Wa Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville, Wa
Jim Marcotte and Femme En Noir Ascendant Beer Co , Portland, Or Ascendant Beer Co , Portland, Or
Jim Marcotte Solo Acoustic Tracyton Public House , Bremerton, Wa Tracyton Public House , Bremerton, Wa
Jim Marcotte Music at Everybody's American Cookhouse Everybody's American Cookhouse , Port Orchard, Wa Everybody's American Cookhouse , Port Orchard, Wa
Jim Marcotte plays The Lookout The Lookout , Seattle, Wa The Lookout , Seattle, Wa
Femme en Noir and Jim Marcotte live in Seattle Outlander Brewery & Pub, Seattle, Wa Outlander Brewery & Pub, Seattle, Wa
Jim Marcotte Solo Acoustic Tracyton Public House , Bremerton, Wa Tracyton Public House , Bremerton, Wa
The Akademia Music Awards is pleased to present the award for Best Folk / Singer-Songwriter Album to Jim Marcotte for 'Hidden' for the month of November 2019. It is the opinion of The Akademia Board that this work represents an important contribution towards the diversity and advancement of the global music community.”

The Akademia

An ace musician and songwriter, Marcotte can summon the genius of E.L.O., Dylan, The Stray Cats and other distinctive groups - while sounding completely like himself - and his new album 'Own It' will be eagerly obliged by many, we are certain.”

— The Akedemia

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