Press

"His delicate voice and guitar picking stretch fragilely across the five songs that make up The Oarsman’s debut release, Easel ... It’s a lo-fi recording for the modern age."

- Tony Sarabia, NPR (Chicago, IL)

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"The Oarsman lead singer Marcus Christopher Maloney sings, "Have you learned to come to terms with forever," and it reminds me tonight that there's not a candle long enough in the world. We could be sad, but it would be misplaced. He sings about life being a landslide and we are always feeling it slipping. We are always sensing that everything's slipping from us, even as it's gracing us and giving us everything it was ever told it had to give, which is very little.

Oarsman songs are about the slightest of moves that people make, that the rest of the world make that will all make up something significant when it's all come to pass. They are the pots of dirt with a seed planted and expectations through the roof, but you're just doing when you can, not to kill it before it has a good, long, life. You try not to water it too much or too little - just right."

- Sean Moeller, DAYTROTTER SESSIONS (Rock Island, IL)

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"Chicago's Marcus Christopher Maloney (ex-Honest Engines and Many Places) follows this past spring's Choice Cuts cassette and last year's acclaimed debut Easel EP with a slightly more polished full-length proper in Writing House

Befitting a group that featured on places like Daytrotter and NPR's "Morning Shift" The Oarsman is soothing acoustic-led indie-folk with a dab of slowcore helmed by a singer with just a touch of gravel to his whispery voice.

I'm reminded most of Mike Kinsella's Owen or early Matt Pond PA, but Villagers is more contemporary company; to that end, it's the slowcore guitar touch on "The Landlord" or the hint of chimes on "Gifts" or the whistle in "Porch Light" that really bring out the depth of the music. Really nice record that will play best in the early morning shifts and with you sensitive types."

- Patrick Masterson, CHIRP RADIO (Chicago, IL)

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"There's something more surreal to this brand of folk ... it's dreamy and lazy like sleeping under a summer sun. If The Oarsman were an adventure, it would be chasing the sunset toward an unknown destination. The band is all golden and orange and teary smiles for reasons you couldn't possibly explain to anyone else. But Maloney gets it. He knows your heart and he's singing it for you."

- Deirdre Kaye, CITY BEAT (Cincinnatti, OH)

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"This weekend, we had the pleasure of seeing The Oarsman at a few different venues in Atlanta.  After the first song, we were instantly new fans."

Nate Kieser, INDIE MUSIC REVIEWER, (Atlanta, GA)

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"He gives new meaning to the word “intimate,” as he shares his songs about broken hearts, worried minds, and deep-rooted fears. He does it all in a way that makes you think maybe he wrote that song for you, and that’s the kind of music that you always keep near."

- Josh Terzino, MUSIC DEFINED (Chicago, IL)

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"The Oarsman were my favorite band in my one year tenure at The Nomad."

- Donald House, THE FAREWELL CIRCUIT (Minneapolis, MN)