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...”
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”.
In July 2016 Marsheaux released their 5th studio album titled “Ath.Lon” on Vinyl, CD, limited aluminum CD box and digital format. Having previously released four albums that have earned them rave reviews in publications such as Classic Pop, Electronic Sound and Future Music, the brand new ‘Ath.Lon’ represents a quantum leap forward for Marsheaux. The title represents the two cities which served as the background for their new material, Athens and London, while also bringing to mind the Greek word ‘athlos’ meaning achievement or feat. ‘Ath.Lon’ is therefore their ‘athlos’. And, considering the circumstances in which these ten wonderful new songs were created, existing fans will recognise it as the pinnacle of their career to date.
Marianthi moved to London in 2015 and the girls commuted between Greece and the UK to record the album. But, thanks to developments in technology that inform the electronic music scene, this new phase of their career is refiected in a brilliant and challenging way. From the forceful opener ‘Burning’, to the evocative ‘Like A Movie’, playful ‘Strong Enough’ and strident ‘Mediterranean’, Marsheaux sound confident throughout. This is also exemplified by the new single, ‘Safe Tonight’, a brilliant and thought provoking video for which is online now.
‘Ath.Lon’ sounds sparkling, crunchy, sexy and optimistic. And as every original electro pop artist should aim to do, it respectfully bows to its influences while moving on to future horizons. Produced by Marsheaux, Fotonovela (another electro duo from the Undo Records family) and Rodrigo Silva-Ramos from GeeksMusic, the album was mixed at Spacelab Studios in London and mastered by Nikonn and Dominique Brethes at FloW Mastering.
Fans are also urged to look out for the limited edition version of the album, titled 'The.Ath.Lon’ with ‘The’ standing for Thessaloniki, their beloved birth place in the north of Greece. This format will include surprise guest artists and each track will feature contributions from a different producer – it will be Marsheaux's very own sound boutique.