Obscurity

by Marc With a C

/
  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    The long-awaited "Obscurity" raises more questions than it answers. Produced by Jordon Zadorozny (Blinker The Star, Chris Cornell, Mandy Moore, Hole, Melissa Auf Der Maur), and mastered by KRAMER (Low, Daniel Johnston, Ween) with eye-poppin' Canadian artwork by Katharine! Vinyl is the way to experience this, and it comes with a 24-bit lossless download (if you want it).

    Includes unlimited streaming of Obscurity via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      $15 USD or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    The long-awaited "Obscurity" raises more questions than it answers. Produced by Jordon Zadorozny (Blinker The Star, Chris Cornell, Mandy Moore, Hole, Melissa Auf Der Maur), and mastered by KRAMER (Low, Daniel Johnston, Ween) with eye-poppin' Canadian artwork by Katharine! CD's are available, and it comes with a 24-bit lossless download (if you want it).

    Includes unlimited streaming of Obscurity via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      $7 USD or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $5 USD  or more

     

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
03:05
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
03:42
11.
12.
07:00

about

Get it on cassette from Needlejuice Records at needlejuicerecords.com/product/obscuritytrilogycassette!

Obscurity is the follow-up to Marc With a C’s full-length album Unicorns Get More Bacon (2016) and EP Half Serious, Half Kidding (2017) and features more of Marc’s signature blend of biting social commentary and technological cynicism with energetic 1960s-style jangle pop melodies. Marc With a C is joined in Obscurity by Blinker the Star’s Jordon Zadorozny, who also produces the album (and has also produced music by Chris Cornell, Mandy Moore, Sam Roberts Band... and then there's the songs he wrote with Hole, etc.)

Obscurity focuses on the literal and figurative gaining of and losing a voice, conditions which the low-profile musician susceptible to throat ailments is well-acquainted. Through the generosity of his Patreon donors, Marc was able to travel from his home base in Central Florida to Canada to work with and learn from Zadorozny.

Obscurity is mastered by Kramer (Butthole Surfers, Low, Daniel Johnston), who previously worked with Marc With a C on Unicorns Get More Bacon. The new album’s Canadian ties are reflected in the cover art, created by Katharine!, a Canadian-American artist/illustrator and Marc With a C’s long-time collaborator.

It's pretty good.

credits

released February 2, 2018

All vocals/guitars, 84.4% of bass, 45% of keys and "misc" percussion performed by Marc With a C
All drums, 55% of keys, 16.6% of bass, and 5% of backing vocals by Jordon Zadorozny
(Wait. Jordon DID play a riff consisting of two guitar notes twice. Can you spot them?)

All songs written by Marc With a C
Recorded and produced by Jordon Zadorozny at Skylark Park in Ontario, Canada
Mastered by KRAMER at Noise Miami
Art by That Katharine!
Photo by Vikka Leoni Pérez-Puelles

license

tags

about

Marc With a C Orlando, Florida

For nearly 20 years, Orlando-based indie pop singer-songwriter Marc With a C has devoted himself to making raw, lo-fi music about a hi-def world.

Through countless original albums, EPs and live recordings, Marc With a C uses infectious melodies and salty language to tell the stories of a generation caught between the analog and digital worlds.
... more

shows

contact / help

Contact Marc With a C

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Old Man Yells At iCloud
Could we dwell on something else or maybe change the subject?
I’ll check my privilege at the door so you won’t get too upset
But the things that separate us – what used to make us unique?
We’re wavin’ ‘em like a handicap of why our lives are always incomplete.

The food’s chock full o’ hormones and so are all the kids
I could always say the right thing if we could all agree what that is
I can’t come right out and say it but you all know what I mean
Every statement’s now a trap on searchable rectangular machines

What a surprise that I’m aging and the world confuses me
Old man yells at iCloud but lately I’m just whispering
I’m a person on a planet but if you pan back far enough
You can’t see indignation – in fact, you can’t really see all that much

Everyone gets confused and sometimes we all wanna quit
The problem’s not the platform, it’s really how you stand on it
And if the point is giving everyone at the table their own seat
Please don’t wear yourself out when the conversation comes back to me
Track Name: Terribly Popular
I go to parties I don’t wanna attend
Everybody there wants to be my friend
My selfies all get about 1000 likes,
I’m good at everything and I don’t even try
I’ve been around the block, I’m really good at sex
I’m a gender-fluid otherkin just like my parents

I'm terribly popular

I was blessed with good genes and high cheekbones,
Maybelline based their stuff on my skin tones
I still talk about how lonely I am,
it might seem true but then again
They say that everybody gets the blues
But when they do? They just mean you

I'm terribly popular

I got tons of money so I get stuff for free,
rappers run their new diss tracks by me
I sleep alone in a princess bed,
a million folks retweeted what I just said
Is this my drink or just a sponsored ad?
Don’t you want my life now, dad?

I'm terribly popular
Track Name: Your Goddamn Birthday
It’s your goddamn birthday
But I don’t wanna celebrate you
Maybe someday when you’re nicer
Maybe I’ll enjoy being with you

Imagine if we both had iPods – or maybe just one and we shared earbuds
You’d whine until you get to hear the group I don’t like
And then I’d whine because now I’m listening to a band I don’t like
But I’d put up with it for a little while
You’d eventually ask me what’s wrong and I’d emphatically say that I’m fine

Because it’s your goddamn birthday
But I don’t wanna celebrate you
Maybe someday when you’re nicer
Maybe I’ll enjoy being with you

Please stop calling me “muggle” - You say I can’t understand your love of Harry Potter
But he had as much impact on me as other things that don't exist like Jesus Christ
But something that was popular were the jerks who made high school hell for you
And that doesn’t make them right but listen, I gotta be real with you (in just a second)

You say you don’t have a victim complex and to drive that statement home
You took to social media to share a nine-point essay all about
All the things that your ex did to you and how you didn’t deserve that crap
Like when she said you had a victim complex and you broke up with her

(REMEMBER – YOU BROKE UP WITH HER)

It’s your goddamn birthday
But I don’t wanna celebrate you
Maybe someday when you’re nicer
Maybe I’ll enjoy being with you
Track Name: Low Rent Truman Show
After years of speculation, conspiracy theories, and tin-foil hats
It turned out the Illuminati wasn’t rumor, it’s a fact
The presidents were involved and all of Hollywood too
Your nutty religious neighbors – honestly, everyone but you

It’s lonely like a low-rent Truman Show
All of us control everything you’ve ever known

Santa Claus was just a construct to prop up the patriarchy
Your parents bought into it so the truth would remain foggy
Eyes Wide Shut was really a documentary of all the fun we have without you
C’mon, you gotta admit it’s funny

It’s lonely like a low-rent Truman Show
All of us control everything you’ve ever known
If I were kidding, I would totally tell you, bro
All of us control everything you’ve ever known

The shadow government is only there to fuck with you
And yes, all that shit on dollar bills, too
It’s the makers of Bacardi, the annoying paparazzi
The Muppets, even Fozzie? We’ve always known the truth
And we thought you’d get the picture, in fact we thought we were being blunt
Each time we all appeared successful while you felt stuck in a rut
And that’s why you don’t get pop culture, and you feel outside of us all
I have to break it to you – you are

I know it’s lonely like a low-rent Truman Show
All of us control everything you’ve ever known
If I were kidding, I would totally tell you, bro
...but, y'know.
Track Name: Maybe
It was the day after leg day and I’d just done cowgirl twice
My limbs were shaking when you entered my life
We lined up like a crime scene, chromosome by chromosome
When you saw something in me you couldn’t get at home

We talked about hard limits but I forgot to include
White knights who think I might need to be rescued
I said no to bareback and no kissing on the mouth
But nothing in my eyes said I wanted out

Did you ever stop to think that you’re the desperate one?
Maybe I don’t need saving though you say your mind’s made up
Maybe I like this makeup, maybe I like this red light
Maybe you’d just bore me night after night

It’s not the world’s oldest profession but it’s probably pretty close
According to my recollection? It’s me you chose
And I was happy with that arrangement, Attachment ain’t my thing
I’m a limited time engagement, I’m a fling

I suppose our menu doesn’t really specify
This girlfriend experience does not add up over time
But maybe if you saved up and you paid for enough nights
I could get paid to pretend that you just saved my life

Did you ever stop to think that you’re the desperate one?
Maybe I don’t need saving though you say your mind’s made up
Maybe I like this makeup, maybe I like this red light
Maybe you’d just bore me night after night
Track Name: The New Normal
John gets out of jail on the first so you know he’s gonna stay at my house
He’s gonna call me “the c word” and that’s the nicest thing he does with his mouth
He may be in his fifties but don’t look a day over 72
He’s gonna try to break your fingers when he shakes hands with you
Think fast

Candice has a son to raise but I can’t send a gift for his birthday
She doesn’t need my pity, she’s doing fine on what her husband makes
But she’s happy to call the cops merely on a silly whim
It turns into a domestic charge and now they’ve gotta take somebody in

But that’s just how it is nowadays
You’ve gotta accept people for who they are

Linda’s got a new boyfriend and most of her family is dead
But what could she do if she’s up against old age and heroin?
She’s not gonna raise her daughter though she fought for custody
She’d rather drink in her family’s honor – it can’t be her fault, can’t you see?

That’s just how it is nowadays
You’ve gotta accept people for who they are
Who are you to suggest another way?
We’ve gotta accept people for who they are

You can name ‘em, you can shame ‘em, but if this world takes all kinds
Then the second you complain you are just another bully in disguise

Mary’s nodded out again but should we really wake her up?
Gettin’ high at the pharmacy is what this nation’s founded on
People went to war to fight so we could be degenerates
Innocent people gave their lives so we can all be hypocrites

That’s just how it is nowadays
You’ve gotta accept people for who they are
Even when we’re tempted to complain
We’ve gotta accept people for who they are
Track Name: Song For The Sad Girls
Here's a song for the sad girls in Illinois
You don't have to smile if there's nothing to enjoy
Things can't always be this bad
Your mind says yes it can
Can things always be this bad?

Here's a song for the sad girls in MetroWest
Wondering who's stalking them this week on their friends list
Folks can't always be this bad
Some folks say yes we can
Can folks always be this bad?

Here's a song for the sad girls who feel lonely
Now you've got a song to tell yourself someone's thinking about me
Life can't always be this bad
Yet life says yes it can
Can life always be this bad?
Track Name: One Of These Are Gonna Be Your Day
You won’t be jumping out of your skin forever
Pretty soon the jitters have gotta go away
Things can’t always feel so damn untethered
Pretty soon it might just be okay

Though it’s tough to say since this sounds so cliché like a rhyme scheme that goes A A A
You can use this song like lingerie, you can stain it up once and throw it away
But one of these are gonna be your day

Look at your pulse and really think about it: a few beeps and then a slow decay
You can search in vain for angioscopics but we’re more than just an alphanumeric display

Though that’s tough to say since this sounds so cliché like a rhyme scheme that goes A A A
When Gilmour led the Floyd brigade? They still had "On The Turning Away"
And one of these are gonna be your day

Most of what we know is temporary, a few sleeps and the bad dwindles away
You can search for islands that you don’t get or you can be your own Daniel Faraday

Though that’s tough to say since this sounds so cliché like a rhyme scheme that goes A A A
If you’re in a hole you didn’t make, maybe it’s just special K
But one of these are gonna be your day
But one of these are gonna be your day
Track Name: Perfect For Me
She had a dream that pushed her buttons which she thought about all day
Some dude said she had nice feet and a pair of beautiful/hairy legs.
Now, she’s bald from the neck down but still hopes to find the guy
Who still finds her attractive no matter her grooming style

The lies will tell you beauty is skin deep but skin can trigger people to be creeps
All we long to hear from someone? All they ever have to speak?
Is “you may not be perfect but you’re perfect for me”

She posted her dream online and one dude volunteered
But he compliments everyone left and right so he might not be sincere
Like when he started to flirt with a real close friend of mine
While he had a fiancée and we all agreed that he crossed the line

The lies will tell you beauty is skin deep but skin can trigger people to be creeps
All we long to hear from someone? All they ever have to speak?
Is “you may not be perfect but you’re perfect for me”

They say true love is blind but who’s to say what’s true?
Love’s however she defines it and the same goes for you
Don't yuck someone's yum when they speak to specify
But I hope you find whatever you want and you are satisfied

The lies will tell you beauty is skin deep but skin can trigger people to be creeps
All we long to hear from someone? All they ever have to speak?
Is “you may not be perfect but you’re perfect for me”
Track Name: Obscurity
She said I must really like The Mountain Goats, I said “no more than the next guy,
I’ve got a nasal voice and I’ve read a few books but I guess I like him fine”
She said I look just like John Hodgeman, I said “I get that a lot,
We both wear glasses and a roundish face, but can’t I just look like Marc?”

She said my songs are just so funny, I said “I’m glad I made you smile,
Humor isn’t what I’m after but sometimes it’s nice to forget your troubles for a little while”
She asked if I really like nerdy girls, do I really love everyone I know?
She asked why I don’t play "You’re My Princess" all that much anymore

Who says I’ve gotta make sense to get where I wanna go?
Who said that a square peg should even fit into a hole?

Obscurity’s success, obscurity’s the goal
Obscurity means if you hear this song it’s accidental

She asked why I don’t tour, I said “How long you got?”
She got distracted by something else and started humming someone else’s song
I’m only ever as good as the attention that I get
If you trust me with your leisure time I’ll promise not to squander it

Who says I’ve gotta make sense to get where I wanna go?
Who said that a square peg should even fit into a hole?

Obscurity’s success, obscurity’s the goal
Obscurity means if you hear this song it’s a goddamn miracle
Track Name: Please Don't Let My Art Die
I'd say I don't want a funeral but nobody'd listen
Funerals are like birthday parties and they ain't always 'bout the victim
What matters is how it feels when all the attendees leave
Like when I was at a funeral and I heard my songs sung back to me

Death ain't no joke and death is eternal
Some think it's a bunch of clouds, church says its a fiery inferno
It could be blackness so maybe we'll finally rest
We might be unconscious thinking about how wrong everything went

But I'd think...
Please don't let my art die
It's about the only thing I did right with my life
I tried so hard to be obscure to make the right people smile
Please don't let my art die

I've seen some great stuff and I've seen some bad
But when I die some will pretend they always had my back
I was pretty hard to pin down, but they'll still exaggerate
While I'm floating in the ether thinking about the art I didn't make
Just think about my homebase, how they'd treat me like a joke
Yet sometimes I'd win awards when the people could vote
I don't deserve special treatment but I really tried my best
And I hope you don't forget that moving on to what comes next

Please don't let my art die
It's about the only thing I did right with my life
I tried so hard to be obscure to make the right people smile
Please don't let my art die

Please don't let my art die
It's about the only thing I did right with my life
I tried so hard to be obscure to make the right people smile
Please don't let my art die
Please don't let my art die
Track Name: Why
You’re gonna make me lonesome when you throw out that CD
That biscuits the only link there ever was between you and me
The format was fallible, on that we can agree
No more physical reminders, now there’s only memories
That’s right, even on our best days, there’s only memories

Let’s throw out the old stuff so we can make room for new phones
Which don’t do what we want and never make us whole, but hey
We’ll never need shelves again and we might not even need a home
We can all crash with our parents with our friends with our friends in rectangles
Let’s all aggregate some content with our friends in rectangles

Aggregate!

(Are you aggregating?)

We won’t consume classic media because it’s only in SD
But we'll fawn over cat videos on a teensy four-inch screen
And when your parent’s house burns down, yeah, when it all goes up in flames
At least there’s no more family albums, no, there’s nothing much to save
Besides the cat that you take pictures of there’s nothing much to save

Please don't let my art die
It's about the only thing I did right with my life
I tried so hard to be obscure to make the right people smile
Please don't let my art die

We can talk to people nearly halfway around the globe
We can delete our contacts, run the jewels and watch the throne
Or we can have a Skype date with someone we barely know
And I can send virtual hugs while we all sleep alone
I hope your choices keep you warm while we all sleep alone

Goodnight!

Marc With a C recommends:

If you like Marc With a C, you may also like: