Hymn Marley becomes the latest creator from the iconic Marley family to offer a musical body of work, with the release of his 5-track debut digital EP, In My Head. The 26-year old son of multiple-Grammy winner Stephen, and grandson of musical legends Bob and Rita, has delivered a pop-soaked collection of modern songs that speak to a universal audience, but still pay homage to his family’s Caribbean roots.
Featuring two previously unreleased cuts, In My Head kicks off with “Since You’ve Been Gone,” a melodic acoustic reggae jam (complete with slide guitar and an unforgettable trumpet hook) that also served as the EP’s first single when it was released earlier this year, along with several videos that landed on the web pages of outlets like Caribbean music, arts, and culture platform LargeUp. The second track “Hot Step” takes dancehall into the mainstream with its groovy descending bassline and Hymn’s lyrical paintbrush. The “ganja and red cup vibes” he describes were brought to life in the accompanying music video that recently premiered on urban contemporary channel BET Jams. Up next is “You Don’t Even Love Me,” featuring younger brother Yohan Marley as a guest vocalist. The decision to use a reggaeton beat on “You Don’t Even Love Me” was a deliberate nod to their grandmother Rita’s Cuban origins. The previously unreleased “I Do” signifies the emergence of a new international pop star, as Hymn wistfully professes his love to a significant other, while marching snare drums and soaring harmonies support his effortless lead vocals. The In My Head EP closes out with the unclassifiable “Let It Burn.” The final track blends the best elements of the EP and serves as a fitting closer for this young artist who brings so many different styles to the arena. The EP’s production work comes courtesy of Miami-based duo David and Jonathan Julca, whose credits include Arturo Sandoval, Pitbull, Kat Dahlia, and Paulina Rubio, to name a few. The Julca brothers are currently nominated for five Latin Grammy Awards.
On producing and releasing his debut EP, Hymn said, “this has been one of the best experiences and I’m so excited to create many more.” He added, “‘In My Head’ is a compilation of some events and inspirations that I have been blessed to share with the world. I believe there is a song here for everyone, so I can’t wait to see how people connect with it.”
Keep an eye out for Hymn as he readies the “I Do,” “You Don’t Even Love Me (feat. Yohan Marley),” and “Let It Burn” official videos for release. Born in Jamaica, Hymn now calls Miami his home. He is soon to announce some local live performances.
In My Head tracklisting:
1. Since You’ve Been Gone
2. Hot Step
3. You Don’t Even Love Me (feat. Yohan Marley)
4. I Do 5. Let It Burn