Returning in full force with his second single of the year, Sydney-based indie-rocker Sam Marks delivers enticing vocals, emotional turbulence and unrestrained instrumental dynamism in newest release ‘Vagabond’
Now, just like the song’s namesake, Marks explores frenzied rock elements in ‘Vagabond’, delivering wandering melodies, choppy rhythms and feverish vocal techniques.
Immediately soaked in coatings of reverb-drenched guitars boasting addictive riffs, Marks’ vocal tone is as warm as ever, his slight rasp accentuating the burgeoning turmoil of the lyrics. A big, powerful chorus unveils an echo-worthy lyrical hook before the song steadies again for a shortened second verse. The calm before the storm, an instrumental breakdown is built from the ground up creating a vortex of swirling guitars, roaring percussion and layered vocal textures.
Bringing youthful exuberance and honest reflection to his song writing, Marks wrote ‘Vagabond’ about a previous partner and the overwhelming feelings of being in an unsustainably chaotic relationship, stating:
"’Vagabond’ is a story influenced by someone I had a relationship with a few years ago. They were in Australia for a period of time, escaping their life in their home country. She'd had a troubled past and a difficult time dealing with it. At times, I was overwhelmed with what I'd learnt about her past. I was swept up in a fiery and tempestuous relationship with them, slipping into an expanding maelstrom of emotions. And all of the sudden, they were gone."