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ThursdaySounds like Marla & David Celia

Marla & David Celia (GER/CAN) Marla & David Celia are back for one show this fall in Berlin, performing songs from their two albums. Their sophomore album, “Indistinct Chatter” (Oct 2021), comes with heady summery 70s vibe, Spector-like drum beats and strummed chords with a splash of Harry Nilsson eccentricity.

With duet vocal harmonies in the foreground, they dive through progressive chord changes, elaborate arrangements and round it off with well-crafted ballads.  The lyrics circle around our lives in the present, during times of overproduction, corporate greed and today’s disposable culture, capitalism and the desire to see change. They never labour the points they’re making, but the sentiments are always there in the hum. This latest album’s title “Indistinct Chatter” is a reminder that often the whisper is far more effective than the scream.

Music brought Marla & David Celia together when they met on stage in 2015. They shared the bill for some shows in Germany and quite naturally began to accompany each other. Their chemistry was magnetic and soon David was producing Marla’s first record at his studio in Canada. They both released their latest solo albums at the same time and began sharing bills across Europe. There was a gradual shift from performing two separate sets to becoming one act. Not only did their vocal harmonies blend warmly, but so did their love for each other and they naturally began writing & recording music as a duo. Their debut Daydreamers (2018) has taken them everywhere from L.A. to Russia to England’s famous Glastonbury Festival. In the past 7 years, they’ve played well over 500 shows and have become like one on stage.

“Their vocal harmonies blend tightly together with hints of 60’s folk, yet remain timeless and make you want to sing along”

Laurel Canyon Radio, Los Angeles

“Close your eyes and you could be sitting on a rocking chair on a 70’s Laurel Canyon porch”

Tim Merrick