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Miko Marks and the Resurrectors (from the album Feel Like Going Home available on Redtone Records)
Americana Soul singer Miko Marks, backed by The Resurrectors dazzles on her second full length release, Feel Like Going Home. Although her physical home is near San Francisco, Miko Marks explores the concept of home in more musical/spiritual terms. Her first album (Our Country) was heavily influenced by Piedmont Blues and Appalachian Mountain Music traditions. For her second outing, the E.P. Race Records (2021), found Miko Marks awash in the Nashville sound. Feel Like Going Home finds her going home to Memphis. The confluence of Memphis Soul, Blues, and Rock, combined with her earlier Country influences, creates a richly textured kaleidoscope of sound. Bursting with power and passion on every track, the album plays like Etta James singing lead for Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.
The title song begins with Gospel-tinged piano chords as Marks sings ‘hear that whistle blowing just before the break of day. Don’t know where I’m going, seems I’ve been too long away’. She is on the move, always chasing some elusive dream. She admits ‘years that I have wasted they feel just like a dream. Good things I have tasted, they’re never what they seem’. Disillusioned by the things she thought would bring her joy, Miko turns within. Seeking guidance and ‘rest for the wanderer who never more shall roam’ she offers up her prayer as a chorus. Electric guitar and organ join the piano in a volcanic explosion that propels Marks’ plea to the heavens as she cries ‘Lord, I feel like going home’. Backing singers echo her plea like a gospel choir. The majesty of the chorus comes back to her as the answer to her prayer: To ask to return home is to begin the journey home. Like Joe Cocker’s “Space Captain”, Miko Marks catches a glimpse of who she was before she began her earthly travels. Transformed by that awareness, every step she now takes leads her closer to home.
“One More Night” is another sublime Soul/Gospel/Rock/Blues opus. As we all seek to find our way back home, Marks urges us to keep hope alive for another day. Extolling the power of music to help in our quest, she sings ‘from the juke joints to the churches, the spirit and the sound will lift you up and ain’t never gonna let you down’. Miko Marks warns us that our journey won’t be without struggle on the vibrant, bluesy “Trouble”. Rejecting political and religious dogma, she urges us to think and act for ourselves. Once you get past the dogma, you can get back to the Source and ask for guidance, as Marks does on the thunderous Gospel of “Deliver Me”. “The Other Side,” and “River” take a brief, bluesy detour from Memphis to the Mississippi Delta to explore the ‘dark night to the soul’ that must precede true enlightenment. “This Time,” is a soulful Bonnie Raitt-style ballad that shows the strength gained by someone who has faced their darkness. “Peace Of Mind” is a soulful celebration of the shift in consciousness from material to spiritual. Singing ‘treasures of the earth never hold their worth’ Miko Marks and The Resurrectors remind us that no amount of wealth can compare to the treasure of our own soul. “The Good Life” explores, in muted Gospel tones, the connection of souls, and the hopes and dreams passed from generation to generation. That same tone continues in “Lay Your Burdens Down”. If you’re weary from your quest, Miko Marks reminds us that ‘there’s hope in the midst of despair’. Backed by sparse drum and slowly intensifying acoustic guitar, Marks’s voice blares like a heavenly trumpet as she sings ‘be not despondent, be not dismayed. The sunlight is breaking on you. And the angels are singing. Be not afraid. They’re coming to carry you through’. When it’s all said and done, we all reach our destination. We all reach our home – the same home. “Jubilee” celebrates that glorious homecoming when ‘all will be forgiven’ and we’ll all live in harmony. With her soulful voice and uplifting lyrics, Miko Marks and The Resurrectors take Gospel out of the church and bring it to the streets. Full of hope and heart, Feel Like Going Home feels like a beacon of light in the darkness. (by Brian Rock)
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