Falcon Heart is a band that stems from a musical relationship that goes back many years between the group’s co-lead singers Aaron DeRosso and Marcus Glaze, who previously played in the Portland-based act Marca Luna.
After Marca Luna came to an end, Glaze sought to create a new project with his longtime friend and bandmate DeRosso. Musically, he want to shift towards something with more folk rock sensibilities while encouraging DeRosso to step out from behind the drum kit and join him front and center as one of the band’s guitar players, as well as lead singers and songwriters—which was not something DeRosso was initially comfortable with, but these days, you’d never know from their live shows as he creates the illusion that he is a seasoned frontman and guitar player.
“It feels strange, but I am enjoying it a lot,” DeRosso says before adding, “I’m still scared on stage.”
Glaze and DeRosso’s other intent when they started this band was to play with fellow Portland musicians Jean Mastaler (violin) and Robert Williams (bass), because prior to starting Falcon Heart, they’d had so much respect these two.
“For years we were trying to figure out how we could get Jean Mastaler to play music with us,” Glaze says.
The classically trained Mastaler plays her instrument in a way that makes you feel every note while also adding a special dynamic to the three-part harmonies between DeRosso, Glaze and herself. And Williams adds the groove and the feel, making the band’s well-crafted folk songs give off vibes of Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes.
The comradery and the heartfelt connection between the band’s core members are transparent on their first full-length release, Catch The Wind (which was just released on June 23), as well as at their live performances.
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