Young Marble Giants made just one album but it was a solid gold classic. Colossal Youth pretty much invented the fact that you could play songs slow and quietly with minimal instrumentation. It's a brilliant patchwork on clicking drum machines, ticking guitars and comical organs. Topped off of course by Alison Statton's remarkable voice.
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Excitement abounds this week as my quest to restock, revisit and relive some revelatory Peel discoveries of yesteryear comes in the form of Domino's reissue (is that enough re's for you?) of Young Marble Giants: "Colossal Youth". A band definitely of their time but still of great relevance today.
For me the sound of YMG summons up listening to John Peel on the BBC in the Post-Punk era of the late 70's, three day weeks, power cuts and the doom of the Cold War. The music was a reaction against the bombastic thrash, strum and angst of the three chord manifesto then adopted by the majority of boy-poonkers. YMG was simply bass, guitar, keyboard, voice and beatbox & effects through a mono ghetto blaster, although twee sounding Alison Statton's lyrics and vocalizations confronted the personal and the social/political backed by an experimental minimalist use of sub-funk basslines, tremolo drenched guitars, keyboard lines that predated the sound Stereolab made their own.
There's also glimpses of DIY electronica soundscapes and fairground, easy-listening, muzak atmospherics. The CD package comes in a set of three with the "Colossal Youth" album, the singles and "Salad Days" album together with a John Peel session recorded in 1980. The vinyl outing just includes "Colossal Youth".
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