Mark Tulk | Central State

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Central State

by Mark Tulk

"A ride through a gothic musical landscape that has as much beauty and clarity as it does artsy weirdness." - Flagpole Magazine. Athens, GA.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Open Sky
3:31 album only
2. Speak No More
3:13 album only
3. Ghosts
4:12 album only
4. Central State
3:28 album only
5. Rain
5:21 album only
6. Over You Go
2:56 album only
7. Fellowship Cult Blues
3:20 album only
8. Spirit
4:09 album only
9. Shadow Light
3:28 album only
10. Now We Are
3:59 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"I enjoyed [Central State] ... nice sound... good music. I'd have this as a permanent resident on my mp3 player. Good job!"
- Sean Magee, Mastering Engineer, Abbey Road, UK (Beatles Remastered 2010, John Lennon Remastered 2010 etc)

"Mark Tulk, vocally, has a crazy resemblance to Mark Everett (The Eels), in my opinion. This Mark, hails out of Athens, GA where he is busy creating beautiful piano based works that have wonderful experimental qualities. Some songs are very dark, some very light.. but almost all, beautiful pieces of art to be heard and enjoyed. 'Rain', from his album, Central State, is probably my favorite from this album. It’s calming in sound, but so intriguing when you listen to the layers that give it much more depth than you expect. ...The more I listen, the more I love. Also, check out 'Speak No More'."
- Earplugs Not Included

"Central State is a dark and... somber musical journey carried on the back of haunting piano progressions, trippy soundscapes and eclectic range of... instrumentation. Tulk's lyrical command makes these well-composed tracks easy... to listen to and remember. The opening track, 'Open Sky' is... a good representation of what is to come, but by no means a display of the many talents Tulk exudes on Central State. ... the album's title track, reminds me of something Elliot Smith would have written if he had been classically trained on piano. It is dark, brooding and finishes strong with some great harmony between the piano and vocals."
- Stereofly Collective

"[Central State] sounds like moody Americana folk with classical leanings - it doesn't necessarily require the knowledge that Tulk is a foreigner in a strange land to relate to the songs at all. Though maybe it helps... Whether you like the spectral title track, or the distorted guitar/violin/piano combo on 'Rain', there is a lot to hear and take in - rich rewards to be gleaned also."
- Sonic Masala

"Had the chance to listen to [Central State] and I really do love it! The album reminds me of the concept albums of the early '70s (best through headphones for full effect!). Its originality makes it stand out ... a future classic!"
- Jonathon Wesley, East of Midnight, CJMQ 88.9 FM, Quebec, Canada



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Central State
It is a strange phenomenon when you can forget where you are and fall into the music. The lyrics, mixture of sounds, the voice, the choice of instruments, all of them working together to pull you in. [Rain] captivates, intrigues, captures the mind. This song is nothing short of amazing. The music is composed masterfully. The whole song is brought together in a way most only hope to achieve. [It] is beautiful perfection.