Album: Act One (2016)
Charted: 21
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  • Marian Hill is an American electronic R&B duo consisting of producer Jeremy Lloyd and vocalist Samantha Gongol. Jeremy Lloyd studied music theatre at Yale University and their name comes from two characters, Marian Paroo and Harold Hill, from the musical The Music Man.
  • The lead single from Marian Hill's debut album Act One, this jazzy song was originally released on March 4, 2016. The track quickly gained heat the following January when it appeared in the iPhone 7 + AirPods – Stroll — Apple commercial. The ad featured Lil Buck gravity dancing to the tune. As a result of the exposure "Down" entered the Hot 100.
  • Lyrically, this song finds an initially reluctant Samantha Gongol deciding to make the most of a Friday night out in a club. She explained to Genius:

    "Down is the invitation, and you go through all kinds of different elements of young relationships, getting darker and darker and landing at the bottom with Same Thing, but then you hear the castanets and a look across a crowded bar changes everything."
  • Jeremy Lloyd said regarding his production for the song: "I tend to find it really hard to use piano in a cool way but I stumbled into Down while noodling around on the keyboard in the studio and Sam and I instantly fell in love with it.

    I threw the drums on it that night and I remember I found the snare and the hat sound in the moment and knew exactly what I was looking for (which is rare for me). Once we added the vocal chop for the hook we realized the song didn't need anything more – Down is just drums, vocals, and piano – rhythm, harmony, and lyric – and I love setting our palette with it at the start of the album."
  • Asked by ABC Radio to elaborate what she means by an "invitation," Gongol admitted: "I don't think there is an easy answer. I mean, it's about giving in to possibility, about the possibility of this person that you're meeting, of the evening and taking a chance. It's definitely one of our favorites and, I think, open to interpretation too."
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