Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from The Marsh Family. If you haven’t yet heard of The Marsh Family – where on earth have you been hiding?! This Kent (UK) family have been garnering worldwide press for their music, and every time we hear them, they are developing their sound in leaps and bounds.

We were first introduced to The Marsh Family with what we expected was going to be a cringe-worthy song from an entire family singing about menopause. We were wrong, and for that we apologise profusely! The Marsh Family are an incredibly talented family, all of whom are pulling their weight to create an internet phenomenon that has gone viral beyond what we are certain were their expectations when they first started this project.

Their latest single, See Your Face Again, had its origins in a request from Ukraine to write something for people separated by the conflict. But given how political the issue of refugees has become in the UK, the family wanted to offer something more universal and that took the opposite stand from that proposed by a government keen on dehumanising arrivals. The family say, “We’re delighted that the song has the support of the Refugee Council, whose CEO described it as ‘Beautiful and Moving.’”

We’re always impressed by the Marsh Family, but on this particular occasion, they truly have excelled themselves. This is by far our favourite of theirs so far, and we are just in awe of how this family are progressing.

The song starts with some dreamy guitar and violin which are joined by Ella on lead vocals. her voice is clear, bright and confident. There are moments where we can hear that in a few years, she could easily be being likened to such greats as Amy Lee (Evanescence).

When the vocal harmony comes in in the second verse, every single one of us in the room had visible goosebumps. See Your Face Again has the confidence of an Andrew Lloyd Webber track, together with the musicality and nuances to back up that confidence. Between them, all the members of the family are superb musicians, and we caught some glorious incident violin and clarinet, together with some high-quality and emotive cello playing.

A cavernous kick drum and a change of lead vocalist signify a change of pace in the song which builds and builds with almost Disney-like momentum. We love when the voices take turns singing, playing off each other in true Webber style.

At around 3 minutes in, the song has another complete change of pace and builds dramatically before dropping back again to just the gentle guitar, violin and Ella’s sweet vocals.

Ideas from our ears

A boost around 70Hz could increase the depth and warmth when the drums enter. A small but wider cut centred around 450Hz and a similar boost centred around 4kHz could balance out the mids a little, bringing a touch more presence to the track as a whole. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.

Final thoughts

The Marsh Family are on a mission and are bringing their music to a worldwide audience. Their pleas for change in the world in their lyrics, together with quality musicianship are a refreshing listen. We strongly urge our readers to get on the Marsh Family bandwagon.