Marion Raw Shares Debut Solo Album, ‘Deep Cuts’

Today, Mexico City/LA-based singer-songwriter Marion Raw releases her debut solo album, Deep Cuts, via Post-Punk and announces that she will be joining the lineup for the New Colossus Festival (4/23). In an exclusive interview with American Songwriter, Raw discusses the inspiration behind her garage folk solo debut, and how her traveling lifestyle has influenced the songs on the record: “There is a certain freedom growing up as a tourist and foreigner in so many different places, in that you can try different cultures and customs on for size, without ever really identifying with those masks,” says the LA-based Raw. “You learn to observe and listen to peoples stories as an outsider looking in.”

Spending much of her childhood in airports and hotels, all the accents and stories a young Raw overheard were embedded in her mind, ultimately shaping the moving pictures around each song on Deep Cuts: “I was always fascinated by adults talking about their lives, and I feel that has strongly colored a lot of my writing,” shares Raw, also the singer/songwriter in Mexican rock band Love La Femme “The melodic accents I was exposed to frequently visit me when I write—from the southern Texan twang to London’s melodic swagger—it’s all very present within my histrionic Mexican roots.”

Raw and bare boned, Deep Cuts is comprised of home recordings and capsuled broadcasts. Each track is sewn together to create a ghostly snapshot of a long lost cassette, unearthed far from home, broadcasting into an unknown, perhaps (not so) distant future. “There was no planning, polishing, or budget for that matter,” says Raw of the DIY production of Deep Cuts, “just some left over blank tapes, an old four-track Tascam, and the imminent sense of doom that accompanied the first lockdown of 2020.”