the Prisoner

by Ricki Marvel

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orchid 01:58
glimmer 03:41
heart attack 04:27
don't 06:32
lanes 07:42
closet 04:31
end street 04:37
shapes 04:27
mother's son 05:42


This was written and recorded on cassette tape during an 18 month period of time. The goal was to make the process as free as possible. This means no deadline, no pressure, no genre, and definitely no dread. The result is a labor of love. A snapshot of my emotions and self reflection leading up to me realizing I am transgender.

Thank yous:
I would like to thank my family for the support and love. Rachel has been so much to me for so long. My daughter Bee is so incredibly supportive as well, even though some of my music may seem scary. I love them so much.

Thank you Severyn! For making the cover happen. You are a fierce visionary.

Jessica and Looming. In 2014 I was lost, becoming an angry old bitter person. Their sudden amazing music cracked my shell and showed me that I was on the wrong path. This led me to be my authentic self and I don't know how long it would have taken me to get here if it weren't for them.

Dexter Anodyne, Kate Laine, Kristin Walker, & Stephen Favazza for being amazing artists and friends. Ur talents uplift and inspire me.

Thank you everyone who has PAID for my music, even back when I was a curmudgeon.

Thank you Phoenix Center and Planned Parenthood for hooking a sister up!

To everyone I mentioned and those I didn't, I love you.


released January 10, 2020

Headdress and photo by Severyn Beekman of Severyn Designs. Makeup by Rachel Otwell

Music by Ricki Marvel


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Ricki Marvel Springfield, Illinois

Ricki Marvel is an experience. She was born with musicality and lives to perform, specializing in creating atmospheric and evocative songs. Some adore her, others are confused or even offended by her audacity to exist and celebrate our shared capability for freakiness. You won't experience Ricki Marvel without being affected in one way or another. ... more

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