Count on Marillion to bring the light in the dark.
It has been over 30 years since Steve Hogarth and the Marillios first serenaded us with “Easter”. As a surprise gift in 2020, they’ve re-recorded the track from isolation. All five guys with their home setups recorded and filmed their parts for a new video.
“As it’s Easter Weekend, Mark [Kelly] had the cool idea of us virtually-getting-together to record a new version of Easter in our homes. Hopefully it will put a smile on your faces.”
It’s poignant, watching the guys play from their personal spaces, unable to connect in person just like us. While “Easter” has always contrasted light and shade, this time the contrast is sharper, though that may simply be in the minds of the listeners.
A bare acoustic version with a shortened and re-arranged ending (probably due to necessity), “Easter” soothes. Even under these circumstances, Marillion pulled together a new recording of an old classic and did it quite well. (Meanwhile behind closed doors they continue to write for their next studio LP.) If Marillion can use technology to stay connected and celebrate creativity and ingenuity, then so can we all.