Marsheaux

Marsheaux

Real Name:
Marianthi Melitsi & Sophie Sarigiannidou
Profile:
Synth-pop/Electro Pop female duo formed in 2000 in Athens, Greece.
Marsheaux could be a paraphrase of Marseilles or the last name of a sexy French actress. Marsheaux could also be a Greek electro pop duo, a name derived by the first syllables of the two girls’ names that comprise it: Marianthi Melitsi and Sophie Sarigiannidou. Originally from Thessaloniki, the girls moved to Athens and formed Marsheaux to express creatively their appreciation of electronic pop music. Brought up to the sound of synthesizer, they lived on a healthy diet of Depeche Mode, Human League, OMD, Duran Duran, Soft Cell, New Order and Sparks.
They came to prominence with their debut recording, a 21st century cover of Gershon Kingsley’s ‘Popcorn’ (1969) which was included in the 2003 modern electro compilation ‘Nuromantix: Eclectic Elektroklash Soundz’. The song received extensive airplay in Greece and mainland Europe. Signed to Undo Records, they released their first album ‘E-Bay Queen’ in June 2004 that the critics and the audience received warmly. Among their original compositions, Marsheaux covered on their debut, Lightning Seeds’ ‘Pure’ and Chris & Cosey’s ‘October Love Song’. Marsheaux gained international recognition with their take on the In Vox duet with Andy Bell of Erasure in 2004 entitled ‘Will I Ever?’. The girls make selective live appearances.
Their second album ‘Peek-A-Boo’ was released in December 2006 and spawned electrified hits like ‘Dream Of A Disco’ and ‘Hanging On’ as well as covers of When In Rome’s ‘Promise’ and New Order’s ‘Regret’, a duet with Raining Pleasure’s leader Vassilikos. In 2008, they signed a worldwide distribution deal with Out Of Line Records in Germany. The girls appeared at various festivals including Infest, Pluswelt and Amphi as well as playing support slots for OMD, Roisin Murphy and Faithless in Greece, and Client in Germany. They made their UK live debut at the first ‘Electronically Yours’ event in 2007 selling out the London Hoxton Square Bar. Their third album ‘Lumineux Noir’ was released in July 2009 and on their return to London, they played the prestigious Scala, reaffirming their position as one of the modern synth pop’s leading exponents. Two singles from the album, ‘Breakthrough’ and ‘Summer’ became European radio hits. Reviewing the album, Future Music magazine rated it with an impressive 9/10. OMD’s Andy McCluskey said “I do have a soft spot for Marsheaux. They have a certain sort of wispy, melancholic charm…”
In 2010, Marsheaux guested on Tareq’s album ‘Cocoon’ with their vocals appearing in a new version of their song ‘Playboy’ while in 2011, they sang on ‘Heaven Is Real’ for the Rolla Scape’s project. After their collection of b-sides and rarities ‘E Bay Queen Is Dead’ was issued in April 2012, they released their highly acclaimed fourth studio album ‘Inhale’ in May 2013. Around this time, Electronic Sound magazine devoted a six page article to the girls.
As well as recording their own material, the girls have also undertaken remixes for other artists including Depeche Mode, Moby, Client, Kylie Minogue and Gwen Stefani. With Katy Perry’s ‘Hot N’ Cold’, the rework was personally approved by the lady herself and so good that it became a major download hit in its own right throughout Europe and beyond.
In March 2015, Marsheaux covered Depeche Mode’s ‘A Broken Frame’ album in full. They felt the need to pay a creative tribute to one of the most underrated albums in synthpop history and one that helped shape their music identity. The Electricity Club said: “Expressive, innovative and full of character, they denote exactly what this cover album is”.
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Marsheaux Discography

Albums

Marsheaux E-bay Queen (Album) Undo Records, Undo Records Greece 2004 Sell This Version
Marsheaux Peek A Boo (Album) Undo Records Greece 2006 Sell This Version
Marsheaux Lumineux Noir (Album) Undo Records Germany 2009 Sell This Version
Marsheaux Inhale (Album) Undo Records Greece 2013 Sell This Version
Marsheaux A Broken Frame (Album) Undo Records Europe 2015 Sell This Version
Marsheaux Ath.Lon (Album) Undo Records Greece 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Marsheaux Playboy(CDr, Single, Promo) Undo Records none Greece 2004 Sell This Version
none Marsheaux E-bay Queen(CDr, Single, Promo) Undo Records none Greece 2004 Sell This Version
none Marsheaux Dream Of A Disco(CDr, Single, Promo) Undo Records none Greece 2006 Sell This Version
OUT 268 Marsheaux What A Lovely Surprise(CD, Single, Promo) Out Of Line OUT 268 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
Marsheaux Ghost (Single) Undo Records, Undo Records 2008 Sell This Version
Marsheaux Summer (Single) Out Of Line UK 2009
Marsheaux Breakthrough (EP, Single) Undo Records Greece 2009 Sell This Version
Twins Natalia / Marsheaux Twins Natalia / Marsheaux - Radial Emotion / When We Were Young (Single) Anna Logue Records, Undo Records, Undo Records Europe 2012 Sell This Version
Marsheaux Inhale / Decomposition Undo Records Greece 2013 Sell This Version
Marsheaux Inhale (Single) Undo Records Greece 2013
Marsheaux Monument (EP) Undo Records Greece 2015 Sell This Version
Marsheaux Safe Tonight (Single, EP) Undo Records Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Compilations

none Marsheaux Remixes (June 2003 - March 2006) Mastered(CDr, Comp, Promo, MP3) Undo Records none Greece 2006 Sell This Version
none Marsheaux Remixes (June 2003 - February 2006) Mastered(CDr, Promo, Comp, MP3) Undo Records none Greece 2006 Sell This Version
OUT 270 | 269, OUT 270, OUT 269 Marsheaux Peek A Boo / E-Bay Queen(CD, Album + CD, Album, Enh + Comp, Ltd) Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line OUT 270 | 269, OUT 270, OUT 269 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
none Marsheaux Remixes - MP3s (June 2003 - April 2007)(CDr, Promo, Comp, MP3) Undo Records none Greece 2007 Sell This Version
none Marsheaux Remixes - MP3s (June 2003 - July 2008)(CDr, Promo, Comp, MP3) Undo Records none Greece 2008 Sell This Version
none Marsheaux Remixes - MP3s (June 2003 - June 2009)(CDr, Promo, Comp, MP3) Undo Records none Greece 2009 Sell This Version
Marsheaux E-bay Queen Is Dead (Comp) Undo Records, Undo Records, Undo Records Greece 2012 Sell This Version

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Jarren

Jarren

October 16, 2007
edited over 4 years ago
Two sweet girls grom Greece who make music like it's 1980.

Analog synth melodies, dreamy vocals and pop sensibility.

Think along the lines of Vince Clarke era Depeche Mode and of course Yazoo, but with the vocals of angels.

They have indeed made excellent cover versions from the likes of Depeche Mode, The Human League and New Order. They know their history, and it shows.

Many bands have this knowledge of music history of course, but Marsheaux have the artistic abililty to make decent tunes along with the retro synth sound.

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