First Signs of Love No 215. Marble ‘red room’

Our First Signs of Love feature is about the moment you find a new artist to love, and you simply can’t get enough. This week we shine the spotlight on Marble and their debut single ‘red room’

Marble – Red Room

Marble’s debut track ‘red room’ at once introduces and explains how the band are undoubtedly accomplishing what many attempt across a slew of releases. Fully formed and laden with gut-punching emotion, ‘red room’ best emphasises the band’s penchant for memorable lyricism and tumultuous instrumentals. Born from personal experience, founders Matthew Blount and Chantel Bailey use these stormy soundscapes to best capture the rawness of direct, impactful trauma.

“Marble cross the sea of emotion to deliver a captivating and haunting debut track on ‘red room’.”

Isolation and detachment are two major themes the band eloquently explore from the track’s first line all the way through to the brutal end. “I can hear strangers talking/ as winter falls on my skin” Chantel croons, the muted instrumental emphasising vulnerability and echoing the bleak cold of loneliness. The slick bassline that then accompanies her does little to dispel this- swiftly segueing into the chorus’ shoegaze-tinged instrumental bed as Chantel howls “I can’t get it out of my head”. Once one understands the heavy subject matter of being confronted by a friend’s desire to end their life, the cathartic delivery remains with listeners long past the song’s peak.

The band’s technical proficiency and the wonderful work of mixer Brandon Eggleston (Modest Mouse/ The Mountain Goats) pair well to deliver a track at once bound by sorrow and hope. (Side note: Eggleston’s work on the Mountain Goats’ ‘Beat the Champ’ was a valuable contribution to an album that will always be hugely important to me. Long live the Goats.) By the end of ‘The Red Room’, MARBLE capture what delights audiences of contemporaries such as Chelsea Wolfe and The Kills while accentuating their emotional emphasis and independent spirit.

Having heard a few further tracks from the album, ‘the shadow in me’ is proving to be one to watch out for over the next few months. Coming to a roadhouse near you, make sure to support these Seattle stars in the making. This is one track you won’t be able to get out of your head.

Marble are:

Chantel Bailey-vocals/guitar
Matthew Blount- guitar
Jonny Wade- bass
TJ Grant- synth
William Mapp- drums

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Words Angus Nisbet