Five years is a long time. Five years is an excruciatingly long time for a band like Marmoset, who reside in a city referred to – often derisively – as Naptown. “Florist Fired” (out July 24) is the band’s first release of new recordings since 2002’s “Mishawaka” EP. One of Secretly Canadian’s first bands is undeniably back, somehow managing to bottle into one album all of the idiosyncrasies and pathos that have, to date, made them the critically-acclaimed band we all love. Merging the Swell Maps-inspired tumultuous clamor of their debut EP “hiddenforbidden”, the addictive two-minute anthems on “Today It’s You”, and the epic (for Marmoset at least) joyful dirges from “Record in Red”, Florist Fired has it all.

For a taste of what “Florist Fired” has to offer, put your headphones on and dial in to the hazy, whimsical tune “Missing Man” available here as a free MP3.

To hear the entire album streaming, you can do so here.

If up to this point you’ve been the one looking from the outside in, now is the time to delve into the madness, tension, and ecstasy that is Marmoset. To help introduce you, Secretly Canadian and the band themselves have compiled an erstwhile selection from their discography that will be available for a limited time as a free download. Be good to yourself and take this opportunity when the golden cloak is removed, exposing the bejeweled canticles. It’s like a 10-year history lesson packed nicely in a little over 20 minutes.
Free Marmoset Compilation Download