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- A Different Arrangement by Black Marble
9/10 Brian Staff review, 01 November 2012
I'm supposed to be reviewing other shit and doing a million different things right now but currently I'm at home, this is my time and place and I just accidentally put this odd little CD in I really wanted to listen to again, for about the fourth time. So let me talk enthusiastically about a pair of young NY dudes rocking a particularly...well... gloomy old party! Do you fancy listening to Hardly Art's new signings Black Marble? I didn't at first, see? After 30 seconds of 'Cruel Summer' I thought, "Oh fucking hell, this has been done 1,000 times already, why are these guys being signed by a Sub Pop offshoot in 2012 and not by Captured Tracks...er...like, five years ago?"
For a reason - It takes a while for the next generation to soak up the last lot’s influence and take stock before moving in tentative new directions. This means some level of hybridisation and musical marinading will occur to create a fresh sound crust that, on the surface, may seem all-so-familiar yet when the songwriting is so profoundly affecting and intimate as on 'A Different Arrangement' - all this from within a murky dark-wave/synth-pop framework - then you know there's absolutely tons of ideas left to mine from what was once a really obscure, forgotten niche genre. Nothing else needs saying, no track-by-track breakdown for this album. All the songs are totally wonderful here. Even the normally sunshine-imbued Business Lady loves this album!If you dig the mood typical of these kinda acts - The Knife, Blank Dogs, Interpol, Blue Ribbon, early Cold Cave, Beach Fossils, Joy Division or The Soft Moon - and ravenously crave forlorn, melodic pop gems that, if human, would wear multiple shades of grey to conceal their fractured colours...then get involved - these tunes are totally vibrant, arousing and intoxicating beneath their introverted greasy fringes. If your girlfriend is reading those terrible landfill erotic books then take solace in this cuddlesome pair of Brooklyn dwelling goths, she'll realise who is getting the far better deal after a while...
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