Former Mutton Bird Alan Gregg penned one or two of the group's finest songs, and now he's back with a more-or-less solo album which shows he's got plenty more great pop songs up his sleeve.
Marshmallow's music is made up of simple pop songs that are soft, squishy and oh-so-sweet. Long's a great lyricist and he's kept the production simple to capture a na´ve, easy-going feel that's sympathetic to the songwriting. A sparingly-used guest cast includes a couple of big name friends - Bic Runga and Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith - but they're purely there to back up Gregg's one man show, which has all the makings of an unassuming hit for fans of bands like The Stereo Bus or, of course, The Mutton Birds.
The self titled Marshmallow album is made up of bittersweet pop songs full of big tunes and little stories. It was recorded over the last year or so, mainly in a loft in Stoke Newington in London, but also in various studios in New Zealand.
"I had these songs which had appeared and just kept hanging around", says Alan. "I realised that I had to do something with them so I made an album. I guess I'm drawn to music which is uplifting and life affirming, and that's what I set out to make with this recording".
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