Black Marble are a moody outfit trying to capture the moody sounds of the 1980’s. It’s Immaterial, the outfit’s second album, is full of little pop gems that gleam from amidst the thousand-yard gloom of the production, in the same way that all the best cold wave does. It’s Immaterial is released by Ghostly International.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 12 October 2016
Horrible confession: I was rather...ahem ...taken with the sleeve of this new album by Brooklyn based musician Chris Stewart. In fact I might buy the record just for the image. It is indeed a rather lovely house. Thank God I like the music contained within or otherwise I'd feel really bad about myself. On Self Titled mag's site Stewart explains all these songs but I'm not going to read in case I ruin them for myself. Instead I'm going to talk about the early OMD meets Peter Hook melodicisms of 'Iron Lung' or the Wake-like atmospheres of 'It's Conditional. Stewart has a tiny sound, as if he's made the record using really tiny hands. It's rink-a-dink indie pop that sounds like a meeting of minds between Magnetic Fields and Dirty Beaches . Yes, it's gothy.
What Stewart lacks in production values he makes up for in strange atmospheres. 'Missing Sibling' sounds like The Gist with it's tangled 80's guitars and eerie disconcerting sound. If anything though is going to catapult Stewart to mass success is his ability with pop tunes. Everything is dead hazy and muffled so it's hard to make out lyrics. Therefore any emotional connection I'm having with it is blurred but this is an enjoyable record of 80s goth-pop worrying.
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