Marian Hill Brought an Infectious Blend of Sounds to Boulder's Fox Theatre

By: Annie Kane

Musical duo Marian Hill sparked a dance craze at their recent Fox Theatre show.

Vocalist Samantha Gongol carries songs with her silky and seductive voice, which is then manipulated over minimal scattered beats by producer Jeremy Lloyd. That’s the sound of Marian Hill, though the duo have become more of a threesome as of late, with jazz saxophonist Steve Davit throwing improvisational riffs into their songs. Despite this triad of tones becoming increasingly popular in the music world, Marian Hill’s sound is anything from typical.

Samantha Gongol.

Samantha Gongol.

Marian Hill's electrifying music has really come alive since their 2015 EP, Sway, with its popular jams “One Time”, “Got It”, and “Whiskey”. These songs all perfectly coin their sound, which features a pulsating saxophone, deep bass, and sparkly, haunting vocals.

Jeremy Lloyd.

Jeremy Lloyd.

Marian Hill’s set at The Fox last weekend began with the popular song “Down” from their debut album, ACT ONE. The solemn piano notes underneath Gongol’s classical voice were immediately recognized by the audience, who eagerly awaited that single high piano note that cuts Gongol off right before sending the song into spiraling beats.

Moving with Marian Hill.

Moving with Marian Hill.

Gongol’s voice has an incredible range that she proved in her live performance. She marched across stage with a strong presence that the crowd adored. Whenever Lloyd took over on beats, she watched him sharply and acted as a conductor, making sure their technical sound came out accurately. Producer Lloyd and saxophonist Davit flexed their own skills too. Lloyd created thudding beats and Davit danced around stage prior to jumping into tunes, riffing off of Lloyd’s percussion.

Marian Hill brought their all to The Fox. They showed off their unique blend of inspirations, ranging from blues, to hip-hop, jazz, and classical music, all of which were ultimately led to clarity through the siren-like calls of Samantha Gongol. 

-Annie

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All photos per the author. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.