Shelter Press is releasing some great stuff as of late. First, that Noveller & Thisquietarmy record Reveries and now Alex Cobb’s Marigold And Cable. I wrote about something involving Cobb & Aquarelle, which came out on Own Records, not too long ago so check that out as well. Anyhow, from what I can hear in the previews for the albums four tracks, it is beautiful. Marigold And Cable is meant to be listened to while watching the sun rise after you’ve hiked up a forest covered mountain. As the synopsis says, it’s reminiscent of early Stars of the Lid; think Gravitational Pull vs. The Desire For Aquatic Life or The Ballasted Orchestra. Cobb is able to construct these vast rolling soundscapes without the use of any synthetic instrumentation or loops, which is stunning in and of itself. This cover is a great thing to look at while you’re listening to this, and you should allow Cobb to take you there – a forest at dawn, with hundreds of red flowers blooming throughout the otherwise dark setting. If you want to feel relaxed, dive in to Marigold And Cable. Check out the previews by clicking through the A Number of Small Things buy link below this paragraph and a longer preview of “Rain At The Fete” below via the Soundcloud player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

"Marigold and Cable" marks an indelible new phase in the trajectory of Alex Cobb’s solo recordings and prior missives as Taiga Remains.

The album’s four compositions are streamlined and focused, finding a balance between studied contours and compositional intuition. Tints of early Stars of the Lid and Kevin Drumm’s lambent drones are apt starting points, but Cobb routes them through a live set up without the aid of loops or synthesizers.

"Marigold and Cable" is heavy with meaning and intent, but buoyant and almost tender in execution, allowing filtered harmonies and veiled melodies to waver and sparkle amid clouded atmospherics. On "Rain at the Fete", Cobb wrings his guitar through processing that transforms the instrument into shadowy piano notes and smudged choral works. Later, Maxwell Croy of EN weaves koto lines throughout "Oversong" to stunning effect. The album was recorded during late spring in coastal southern California, in which cool temperatures and overcast skies belie the region’s usual warmth and sunshine. Cobb uses this weather pattern to inform "Marigold and Cable", an album that is perhaps the signal accomplishment in his lengthy resume.

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