Aries Marquis’ Experience is Touching
Be forewarned before running through Aries Marquis’ album Experience. This isn’t the type of joint you want to bump too tough if you’ve recently been let down, broken up with, or estranged from someone you care about deeply.
As the title of this work alludes to, many of those sentiments and others were experienced firsthand by the singer/songwriter. Experiencing them vicariously—even if you’re not in that particular state of mind—is emotionally-wrenching and damn near cathartic, which is indicative of the feeling he puts into many of these tunes.
Nonetheless, if there were a motif for these seven songs, it would seemingly be ‘a good guy got spurned’. Granted, not all of these cuts adhere to this theme, with “A Part of Me” being the most noticeable. The way the piano chords are augmented by the synthesized strings you can just see the sunlight streaming in while still cuddled up in bed with that babe you’d want to be with. And again, whether just listening to how he hits his vocals or the lyrics, it’s pretty apparent money was really into this one at some point in time.
Still, such realization of the desired effects of pining for another are far and few between on this Long Player. More often than not the artist is lamenting, reminiscing, or seemingly reliving all the moments that might’ve gone wrong and left him, as it were, by himself. “Where did she go/what made her leave” he asks rhetorically on the aptly titled “Ghost”, so convincingly that you might find yourself wondering the exact same thing.
Plus, he’s empowered with a tenor that’s highly expressive, whether he’s pondering such decisive moments in failed relationships, or being blissfully devoid of them (like in “Me”). For example, some babe named “Nikki” sounds like she did quite a number on him, bless his (or perhaps her) heart.
Musically, this collection is much more EDM or electronica than it is R&B. For all the consistency of his subject matter regarding the fairer sex, none of these tracks are necessarily ballads. Almost all of them have some peppy synths, some of which swirl or coruscate through your ears as they reverberate. “Daydream” is likely the best of these efforts, due in no small part to the familiarity of its bass, piano works, and even drum pattern. All in all, this is creditable music indicating there’s a future in it.