Fool Of A Kind


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FORMATS: Single 7" [Magenta Colour Vinyl] [Numbered Limited Edition of 500 copies] | On sale clicking ➔ / Digital Single



Growing up in California is key for MARINE LIFE, as is the influence of Des de Leon Nicolas’s grandfather, who was a Big Band composer and band leader. From GARY LEWIS AND THE PLAYBOYS to Astrud Gilberto, from AZTEC CAMERA to THE SUNDAYS, Des channels her inspirations, influences, and experiences into her ever-improving song-writing, which began when she was just 10 years old.

It is around the end of 2012 when, after embarking on a musical adventure called JULIE PLUG, and brought together by their fascination with the ocean, Des decided to start MARINE LIFE with her friends from San Francisco. And this, their first 7” single, is their record label debut and a great discovery for us.

Her colorful pop takes influences from the sixties sounds, from sunshine pop, from indie-pop, from synth-pop, and from northern soul, and turns it into one of those things that makes you happy to get out of bed in the morning, no matter what day of the week it is. Can anyone resist the trumpets on “Fool Of A Kind”, a pop hit with a chorus you can’t help but sing along with, not too rubbery, but full of personality? Won’t fans of ALPACA SPORTS just go crazy over the sunniness and agility of the song “Big Sur”? Who can resist the magnetism and beauty of “Boy From B-612”, with its spacy synthesizers? What other group in the world would save the best for last, and put the marvelous “For The Camera Shy” – a prodigious northern soul piece with echoes of the BOO RADLEYS – at the end of the single?

There are more than enough reasons to follow a group who, with only four songs, have been able to make us fall in love with them and develop a timeless pop with its own personality that is tremendously addictive. Are they shoe-gaze? Are they sunshine? Are they northern soul? They are MARINE LIFE.


released September 22, 2014



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Track Name: Fool Of A Kind
Why do I make the most of every single time you stay
Even if I know you’re anxious to go
You want to go

Why do you want to leave so fast
Is there someone waiting for you

All I ever wanted
Say you really love me
Oh I’m a fool
My little heart is broken
Scattered on the floor
I need you here with me
I need you here with me

Confession is what I need from you
It’s no exception
I’m not accepting your apologies
Oh please
Track Name: Big Sur
On an old postcard
Is where we belong
In this scenic drive
Of big sur

Bide our time
See the sights
You and I walking
Hand in hand

Can we stop for now
Or slow down
By your side
I’m not going anywhere

How ‘bout a little hike
Sounds of the sea
Moved Kerouac
Oh so much

Crash and roar
Rock to shore
Whistling wind
Warms my soul
Soft voice
In sunlight
Track Name: Boy From B-612
On and on
In the back of my mind
I recall he came into sight

And you can hardly see it but it is there
It’s a little place called B-612

And it seems everything has changed
So he honestly begged to disagree
We are the same
Through a million stars
Only hearts can see
Feel the way he feels
Then you know

On and on
He kept worrying about
This one rose he left behind

And you can hardly see it but it is there
From a little place called B-612
Track Name: For The Camera Shy
Smile we’re looking at you
Smile we are waiting
Try for a little bit
Smile like you mean it

We haven’t got all day
And this is due tomorrow
I understand your shyness
But you’re sitting in the middle for a reason
For something you did well
And to be proud of

So smile we’re looking at you
Smile we are waiting
Try for a little bit
Smile like you mean it

So smile this is for you
Smile we will wait
Try try try you won’t regret it
You are wonderful
It’s for you

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