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A Different Arrangement

by Black Marble

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Antonio Miranda
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Antonio Miranda Black Marble has such a simple and unique sound. I think of it as tempered, sobered-up New Wave. It feels way more intimate and interesting than most Coldwave/New Wave groups.
Favorite track: Safe Minds
Mr. Jason
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Mr. Jason I used to listen to this album on my walkman taking the bus to school on foggy mornings back in 1986. Not really but Black Marble brings me back to those days.
Conner Radzavich
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Conner Radzavich This band is really good. There is no other way to describe it. Really takes me back and I am not even from the 80s!
Really amazing stuff. Favorite track: A Great Design.
Kathryn Kerr
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Kathryn Kerr This album has become an all-time favourite. Dreamy, nostalgic, hopeful, driving, it gives a feeling you can't describe. The vocal line on Great Design is amazing. Favorite track: A Great Design.
Nayy Than
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Nayy Than Vocals remind me of New Order and the the synth and killer bass makes me think of future islands how can you go wrong with that combo If you listen to it you will know why I love it and if you don't get it the first go around give it another play and you'll know what I'm talking about Favorite track: A Great Design.
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A Different Arrangement surveys a wide variety of sounds, from the radiant, bouncing ebullience of “A Great Design” to the haunted playground-bop of “Limitations” (which juxtaposes sampled rim-drum clacks with layers of sentimental synth melodies and Stewart’s resonant, reverb-smeared baritone). The warm, Peter Hook-inspired basslines shapeshift across Arrangement’s runtime, and vintage synthesizer arrangements by Kube (formerly of electropop outfit Team Robespierre) are likewise versatile—airy (“MSQ No Extra”), astral (“UK”), and at times so distinctly manipulated and sculpted as to be otherworldly (“Last”).

The influence of early synth pioneers like Thomas Leer and Robert Rental is felt across A Different Arrangement’s eleven tracks, as are the fingerprints of the record’s hard-line do-it-yourself architects.

“All the music we gravitate towards has that quality where you can imagine the space it was created in and the people who made it. Not this handed-down-from-on-high sensibility. A certain handmade feeling is what we're after,” Stewart explains. “The music doesn't have to be complex, but it's important to carry some residue of the process, especially when working with what [can sometimes] be construed as cold-sounding electronics. It's humanizing.”

If Weight Against the Door constituted a long, cold night, then A Different Arrangement heralds the moment when the radiator finally sputters to life, flooding the room with heat as the sun rises over a horizon of Brutalist tower blocks. The homemade soundtrack to a still, uncertain dawn, A Different Arrangement is a striking evolution in Black Marble’s sound.


released September 9, 2012



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