After recording and performing for many years under the name of Mantler, Toronto’s Chris A. Cummings changed his band name to Marker Starling in 2012. A solo performer for much of his career, Cummings was frequently seen playing Melancholy Party Jams on a Wurlitzer electric piano, accompanied by a Rhythm Ace drum machine. More recently, he has been supported by a band consisting of Jay Anderson (drums) and Matt McLaren (bass), both of whom play a prominent role in Marker Starling’s new album.
Rosy Maze will be released by UK label Tin Angel Records worldwide in Spring 2015. After a longtime association with Germany’s Tomlab label, who released the second, third and fourth Mantler records (Sadisfaction, Landau and Monody), Cummings began working with Tin Angel in 2010, when they co-released Monody in the UK and Ireland. Since then he has toured frequently to the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Russia. In 2014, he collaborated with the German band Von Spar, contributing vocals and lyrics to four songs on their album Street Life.