Marco Restrepo

Marco Restrepo just released his latest CD entitled “Lonely Hearts Club”

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Influences perhaps are: include favorites Hozier, John Newman, Beck, George Exra, Calvin Harris, The Beatles, Blitzen Trapper, Iron and Wine, or even some of the folksier songs from The Shins. Lyrics inspired by ordinary experiences, nature, and an adventurous spirit round out Restrepo’s latest 14 track effort “Lonely Hearts Club” released in 2015. While the straight forward lyrics and impressive musical talent seem to reach far beyond Restrepo’s young look, an unmistakable and pulsating youthful energy permeates his songs. There is a certain fearlessness in the music, a diving in and pushing forward that reflect another side of this multi-talented young artist. Marco Antonio Restrepo (born October 22, 1989), formerly known by his stage name A.Tone Da Priest, is an American musician, and record producer from Atlanta, GA. He is currently signed to his own record label Farsyde Entertainment.

“Lonely Hearts Club” delivers a wide array of styles, colors, emotions and sounds that is all tied together into a cohesive effort through his vivid songwriting, his warm and passionate voice, and his unique life perspectives. The tone for the album is set by the enigmatic, yet extremely compelling opening piece “Saw You Standing.” Other songs like “Heartbeat” and Lazy In Love” are euphoric blast of energy and love of addictive proportions. The keeps the same consistent, loose as a screw flow with “Rihanna” and Paul McCartney – 2 more marquee tracks delivering rick harmonies, inviting rhythm section and a captivating vocal front. Being a professional event planner, I cannot get out of my head the idea that many tracks on this CD filling almost any function. All 14 songs on “Lonely Hearts Club” have a whimsical feel that makes the world seem right but there’s an underlying sense of hope that your future looks brighter than your past. Just when you think you got this guy and his band down you get blindsided by more songwriting depth. This leads us right into two favorite tracks on the CD “What You Know” and “Just a Smile.” Both have more of a short but sweet message, still possessing a powerful style and grace. Marco Restrepo doesn’t strike me as an experienced musician. However his contribution to the writing and arrangements of all these songs is of paramount importance. This is where true talent either flourishes or fails to show up. Here he delivers, which is to say nothing of the pervasive and contagious chemistry he shares with the audience. As a whole the he plays all his parts like a well-oiled machine. I might add there are songs here for old school Beatles fans.  Indeed Restrepo aims to please new listeners as well as his songs are also placed in a near perfect arrangement – 14 solid pieces.

The CD as a whole provides a wonderful electric setting and a musical ambience straight from the heart. Another hit for me is the strong closer “Freak” a sexually charged musical statement. At times Marco Restrepo reminds me of Bruno Mars, Beck, Jason Mraz, James Morrison, One Republic, Josh Ritter, Nick Drake and The National.“

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Jay Belson