RIYL: New Order, The Cure, Joy Division

Label: Ghostly International

NYC synth pop act Black Marble have emerged from the Brooklyn bog after 4 years of silence.  Initially a duo, Chris Stewart and Ty Kube cranked out pulsating industrial dance tracks with a ‘New Romantic’ edge from the early 80s.  Kube, however, left the group to pursue other ventures, and Chris Stewart was left to man the melancholy masses alone.  The results are a minimal, more polished endeavor, a winning combo in Ghostly International’s eyes, who’ve signed Black Marble for their sophomore release.

First single Iron Lung was written while Stewart was immobilized in the hospital with pneumonia, and you can hear the vulnerable surrender in his voice as the metronome drumbeat patters along like a young Stephen Morris at the height of Joy Division’s influence.  Echoes of New Order, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen and all of your favorite post-punk heartthrobs can be heard in the instrumentation here, a must-have for all of you closet goths.

Ghostly International has 500 copies of the album on white vinyl, so have a listen to their latest single and grab copy after the ‘buy’ link.  I’ve also added the 2012 album A Different Arrangement so you can hear the differences from the group’s time as a duo.  Really solid album!

The Details

On September 30, 2016 Black Marble will release their second full-length, It’s Immaterial. Their first for Ghostly, It’s Immaterial follows up their EP Weight Against the Door(Hardly Art) and highly acclaimed debut full-length A Different Arrangement (Hardly Art). Still featuring Chris Stewart at the helm along with select collaborators as supplementation, the project's recent shift in locale from East Coast to West Coast lends a great deal to the overall feel of the new album: the light and dark elements of shadows, the salt and sting of evening’s high tide sea spray, a beautiful thing left on a shelf too high to maintain.

White vinyl edition is limited to 500 copies worldwide
Vinyl housed in a 350gsm machine finish jacket with a black dust sleeve

Price $18

Listen to Iron Lung on Soundcloud

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