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Marc Scibilia

Marc Scibilia EP

(Hickory; US: 5 Jun 2012; UK: Import)

As a diehard Scrubs fan, I know well about the type of song necessary to play over a show’s concluding montage. The recipe goes something like three parts alt rock, two parts relevant inspirational message, one part relative unknown, and if you’re so inclined a dash of country inflection. For those who find themselves moved by that music, then Marc Scibilia EP is right up their alley. The lyrics are generically insightful (“Storms never come and stay/They just show us how bad we need each other”), the music is practically cut from the same slab that Gran Bel Fisher and Jaron and the Long Road to Love were forged on: affable radio rock with just a smidge of country, though he lacks the former’s instrumental prowess and the latter’s humor. (Sadly, many will likely call Scibilia a “country artist.”) In the end, the whole affair is hook-laden enough that you’ll listen for the short length of the EP, but unmemorable enough that you’ll be pining for something more substantive. But keep your ears out the next time you turn on your favorite primetime hit; you might just hear this guy’s dulcet tones.

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Brice Ezell is the Assistant Editor of PopMatters, where he also reviews music, film, and books, which he has done since 2011. He also is the creator of PopMatters' Notes on Celluloid column, which covers the world of film music. His writing also appears in Sea of Tranquility and Glide Magazine (formerly Hidden Track). His short story, "Belle de Jour", was published in 67 Press' inaugural publication The Salmagundi: An Anthology. You can follow his attempts at wit on Twitter and Tumblr if you're so inclined. He lives in Chicago.


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