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Black Marble shares second single “Feels” from forthcoming album ‘Bigger Than Life’ out October 25 on Sacred Bones

September 2, 2019
Photo Credit: Ashley Leahy


Black Marble

shares video for new single, “Feels”
Album Bigger Than Life 
out 25th October
on Sacred Bones Records

“Feels” is the propulsive new single from Black Marble aka Chris Stewart. The song appears on the forthcoming album Bigger Than Life, due out October 25 on new label home Sacred Bones Records. 

As Stewart states: “‘Feels’ is an impression more that a story really, told through visual snapshots.” He continues, “Speaking about having a radio show and working a blood drive in DC are memories from sort of a fictional character’s “nineties” past, when that part of the country was central to underground music in America and having radio shows on college radio was a popular thing for students to do. These local scenes seemed more cohesive and unified and maybe a little more innocent. The idea that now the quote unquote “scene” is more a digital pastiche of correlated yet not at all united artists, ostensibly associating with one another more for self-promotion than any kind of ethical unity seems a little sad by comparison. It’s interesting that music, a communal thing by nature, is experienced by some artists as an atomized, perfunctory, and maybe even a bit lonely experience, considering its always been a tool for people to find their voice and find others like themselves.” 

With the single release of “Feels” comes a video which perfectly brings the song to visual life through “the use of real VHS footage from family archives,” says the video director, Izrayl Brinsdon, thereby establishing “a source of nostalgia that is honest and without fabrication.” Additionally, Brinsdon considers the song to be “a reflection of past trauma triggered by space and place. Physical objects transcend time and present an intangible past to the subject.” He goes on to say, “While conversing with Black Marble, it became evident that the lyrical and visual narratives were cohesive. Combined, the audience is left with a farewell note to the past. No matter how vivid a memory, we must all keep moving forward.” 

“Feels” follows the July release of the album’s first single, “One Eye Open” which received notable praise:

“Positivity, and perhaps the California climate, comes through in bouncy, catchy first single ‘One Eye Open’ that has Stewart’s vocals a little more forward in the mix than we’ve heard before.” – Brooklyn Vegan 

“While remaining true to their ’80s-inflected, post-punk roots, the song is a little more upbeat and bouncy than previous offerings. It’s danceable, but with the gravitas that runs through much Black Marble music.” – Cool Hunting


“‘One Eye Open’ is a foot-tapping, head-nodding groove. Synths staccato and soar in equal measure, with Stewart’s vocals being the only non-electronic sound on the track. While Stewart’s timbre is firm and secure, his lyrics are anxiously awaiting a potential failure.” – Paste

“While his sparse lo-fi pop might sound great behind any of their filmmaking, his music has also drawn comparisons to the work of John Maus, Cold Cave, and other recent champions of 1980s synth pop. On new single “One Eye Open,” he channels the pulsing rhythms of Oppenheimer Analysis, Unovidual, and others on the UK imprint Minimal Wave with the slick precision of years spent tinkering with analog gear.” – SPIN

“{“One Eye Open”} feels like what might happen if the 1975 and New Order formed a supergroup. It’s expectedly synthy, but the top-line melody has a certain unsettled anxiety about it, mostly due to its ’80s techno-tweak vibe.” – Stereogum


Watch the video for “One Eye Open” directed by Chris Stewart and Ben Pier HERE


As with every Black Marble album, Stewart recorded, produced, and played everything you hear on Bigger Than Life using entirely analog gear, though the process was new. This time around, he wrote everything on his MPC and sequenced it live to his synths — only using the computer to record, not to create.
 
He also approached his vocals in a new way this time, bringing them forward in the mix and retreating from the reverb-drenched affect he has utilized in the past. The result is the finest vocal performance of his career, still processed and distant-sounding, but more immediate than ever before. The beguiling vocal hooks, always present in Black Marble’s music but formerly obscured by the production, are now the focal point of songs like “One Eye Open” and “Feels.”


Pre-order Bigger Than Life HERE
 

Black Marble – Bigger Than Life
October 25, 2019 – Sacred Bones Records
 

1. Never Tell
2. One Eye Open
3. Daily Driver
4. Feels
5. The Usual
6. Grey Eyeliner
7. Bigger Than Life
8. Private Show
9. Shoulder
10. Hit Show
11. Call

 

Black Marble Tour Dates
Nov 2 – Los Angeles, CA – SUBSTANCE at the Los Angeles Theater
Nov 7 – Austin, TX – Levitation at Empire Control Room
Nov 22 – Brooklyn, NY – at Bowery Ballroom (Record Release Show) w/ Automatic

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