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New album "1042 Express" by RJ Marshall out now!

We are pleased to announce the release of RJ Marshall's début long player, 1042 Express, in partnership with amuse.io, on May 31, 2024. Available now in all major online music stores, here's the cover art:

Recorded in Phnom Penh from January to March 2020, the album features ten songs written by RJ over a 16-year period, the idea being to do an 'express' snapshot of them at a particular place and point in time. Working in a lo-fi vein with quality equipment and vintage hi-fi gear in Red Jack's mobile studio, we bring you tales of Bokor Mountain, Long Lost Valentines, and leaving cities behind.

A particular debt of thanks is owed to Nathan Fanoni, Damani Kelly, Troy Campbell, Jason Camerado, and Vanntin Hoeurn. For details and back stories to the songs, download the track notes here.

Here's the rear album cover:

You can also listen to and buy the whole album on Bandcamp – including the bonus demo version of Bokor Mountain (not available elsewhere!) – or by clicking below:

May 31, 2024

New website launch 🚀

It has taken several years longer than anticipated - due not least to 'world events' - but now it's finally here.
And, more importantly, so are we!
Welcome to the new North Sea Music website. ❤️

March 31, 2023

ALWAYS A PROBLEM - SOCHI / The Cambodian Space Project

RJ plays acoustic guitar on this track by Cambodian singer Sochi, produced by Phnom Penh music legend Prof. Kinski aka Jan Mueller. The video was created by Makara, son of Kak Channthy (The Cambodian Space Project). See YouTube for full description.

Premiered Nov 9, 2020

Hey You video premiere

Single from RJ Marshall's forthcoming album '1042 Express'. Shot on location on Diamond Island / Koh Pich, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. With kind assistance from Camerado Media / Gone Marshall. With Damani on bass.

Words and music © 2006 RJ Marshall
Sound recording ℗ 2020 RJ Marshall / NorthSeaMusic

May 31, 2020

Wood House sessions (live)

"RJ Marshall delivers his unique brand of soulful, haunting, grungy original music."

Six songs from the forthcoming album '1042 Express':
01. Bokor Mountain
02. Phoenix From The Flames
03. Tired And Bruised
04. It's Over
05. Mummy's Boy
06. Analie

With Nathan Fanoni on bass and Jesse Ricketson on drums. Thanks to Mee Cha Records.

April 30, 2020

Wir sind die Bösen Jungs

Video released to 'Die Bösen'.

"1920's Weimar Germany style indie​ underground​ alternative​ song in German, a translation and rendition of an original song 'Bad Guys' (2018) by Gone Marshall from the 2019 record 'Kleen' - featuring RJ 'Rike' Marshall on keys, translation/interpretation, and vocals."

Listen on Spotify

November 25, 2019

Original sessions

"Cambodian singer/guitarist Vanntin Hoeurn, and British singer/guitarist R.J. Marshall, create the uncompromisingly raw musical duo, the Phnom Devils. Combining English and Khmer language, they have re-imagined early-20th Century “Mekong Delta” blues into a visceral musical experience you won’t soon forget."

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March 31, 2019

Blues to the roots

"In a city full of unlikely pairings, one of the more interesting is the creative partnership between Vanntin Hoeurn (generally known as Tin) and RJ Marshall – their latest project is an all-original blues style duo called Phnom Devils."

READ MORE at Khmer Times

Photo copyright © Steve Porte

March 29, 2019

Folk Art & Blues Festival 2019

"Launching on Jan 26 (Australia Day) FAB rolls out as a “touring festival” and will be on the road for 16 days and nights, moving out across the Kingdom with The Cambodian Space Project’s “CSP Mothership” hosting a diverse and eclectic line-up of local and international acts out from UK, USA, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam plus Cambodian and made-in-Cambodia local heroes The Kampot Playboys, Phnom Devils, Simmer, Vartey Ganiva and Chapei Dong Veng player Kong Boran (son of Master Kong Nay)."

READ MORE at Khmer Times

January 24, 2019

Simmer in Concert at The Magic Sponge

"On Saturday, 5 January, The Magic Sponge will present for your musical enjoyment our weekly Saturday Music Showcase from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This week we are proud to have as our guest artists Christina from Ethiopia and RJ (Phnom Skor) from England as the duo Simmer. Simmer is a strictly no box, no style roots acoustic piano and guitar duo. Christina performs wonderful Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and Etta James, as well as some really cool early blues ('Lil Green), and RJ Marshall is an independent artist, writer and musician in the style of Marc Bolan, Gram Parsons and John Lennon. He plays a lot of American folk and country as well as his own original material. With 25 years of songwriting experience he tells stories of life and love that shine a light through the darkness. We hope you will look forward to joining us in a great night of fun and music Saturday at The Magic Sponge."

At the Magic Sponge, Kampot, Cambodia 04 Jan Simmer in Concert at The Magic Sponge

January 4, 2019