I didn’t expect this at all! We’ve known a full-length was coming from Black Marble since they first signed with Hardly Art, but I had no idea how much I would anticipate the whole affair. Now, having listened to the first single from A Different Arrangement, I’m hoping it comes earlier than the October 9th release date. The heavy tones of the vocals caught me off-guard, but juxtaposed with the music itself, it’s surprising how fitting it is, how well it all ties together. I especially like the guitar flourishes shooting through the background. Be sure to keep an eye on this release, it’s going to be a great one.
Download:Black Marble -A Great Design [MP3]
I’m a label loyalist, so when our friends at Hardly Art send something our way, I’m pretty much guaranteed to like it. Perhaps that leads me to make judgmental errors in regards to what’s good and what’s not, but in the case of Black Marble, I think I’m right on with this one. The vinyl release of their Weight Against the Door EP will be out on Valentine’s Day, and I hope it features just as many darkened tracks as this number. Musically, it’s just a steady, almost simple, electronic production, but the vocal vibe creates that sort of haunting feeling you had as a kid when you first listened to Joy Division…or more recently Blank Dogs. Taste it.
Download:Black Marble – Pretender [MP3]