Marmalade Mountain, aka Zack Fischmann, has tumbled through America’s punk-folk-psych-rock scenes, creating songs that blend the homespun aesthetic of K Records with a playful vulnerability akin to folk hero Michael Hurley. Fischmann cut his teeth playing bass in Bay Area punk bands, but eventually pawned his gear for an acoustic guitar and hitchhiked to New York City to become a folk singer, before finally landing in Portland, Oregon.
Check out Marmalade Mountain’s new single, “The One” in all of its freak-folk glory. Fischmann is a true disciple of Snock, exhibiting an elfish and frolicsome spirit in his guitar technique and songwriting. A bonafide armchair boogie, “The One” is short, sweet, and sardonic.
“The One” is a Hurley meets The Beatles’ Rocky Raccoon raucous folk tune recorded at Elliot Smith’s legendary New Monkey Studios in Los Angeles by producer Nate Mahan (of Shannon and the Clams) and featuring Rachel Goodrich (solo and Jenny O band) on bass and various other instruments. It’s a tongue-in-cheek story about finding “the one” with a bit of existential dread on the side,” says Fischmann.