11 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Minimal wave, cold wave, darkwave: a number of monikers are churning through the genre-naming machine right now to describe bands like Black Marble (which is tagged "darkwave"). But the terms all share common traits. Dark? Check. Cold? Check. Minimalist? Check. Earlier in 2012, this Brooklyn duo released a truly frosty EP, Weight Against the Door. That was a bleak and somewhat uncomfortable work. A Different Arrangement takes on warmer tones, both in the cozier feel of the production, the pacing, and the more organic bass lines. The atmospherics of Arrangement pulse with an inward-looking kind of contemplation. It's a pretty record, only slightly unsettling on first listen. Chris Stewart's buried-in-reverb vocals manage to pull you in, with his voice offering a strange kind of comfort. There are whiffs of forebears Ian Curtis and Peter Hook, to be sure, but with this collection, the duo sends out a stark, stripped-down beacon of something like hope. Yeah—it's dark in here sometimes, but you aren't alone.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Minimal wave, cold wave, darkwave: a number of monikers are churning through the genre-naming machine right now to describe bands like Black Marble (which is tagged "darkwave"). But the terms all share common traits. Dark? Check. Cold? Check. Minimalist? Check. Earlier in 2012, this Brooklyn duo released a truly frosty EP, Weight Against the Door. That was a bleak and somewhat uncomfortable work. A Different Arrangement takes on warmer tones, both in the cozier feel of the production, the pacing, and the more organic bass lines. The atmospherics of Arrangement pulse with an inward-looking kind of contemplation. It's a pretty record, only slightly unsettling on first listen. Chris Stewart's buried-in-reverb vocals manage to pull you in, with his voice offering a strange kind of comfort. There are whiffs of forebears Ian Curtis and Peter Hook, to be sure, but with this collection, the duo sends out a stark, stripped-down beacon of something like hope. Yeah—it's dark in here sometimes, but you aren't alone.

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About Black Marble

Influenced by early-'80s synth pop, cold and darkwave, and the mighty bass playing of New Order's Peter Hook, Black Marble formed as an outlet for the musical ideas of Chris Stewart. Teaming with ex-Team Robespierre member Ty Kube, the Brooklyn duo recorded a five-song EP, Weight Against the Door, for the Seattle label Hardly Art in 2012. They followed it up the same year with their debut album, the moody and darkly melodic A Different Arrangement. It proved to be the only album the duo produced together, as after a period of mental and physical transition, Kube left and Stewart moved to the West Coast to start over. The long break ended with the release of It's Immaterial in late 2016. The album was released by Ghostly International and featured Stewart writing and recording the entire thing himself. ~ Tim Sendra

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