Black Marble’s ‘Bigger Than Life’ out today on Sacred Bones. European tour dates announced!

October 25, 2019
Photo Credit: Ashley Leahy

Black Marble’s
new album Bigger Than Life
is out today on Sacred Bones 

European Tour Dates for 2020 announced!

Today marks the release of Bigger Than Life, the third album from Black Marble (aka Chris Stewart)via Sacred Bones Records. With the album release comes the single “Grey Eyeliner” which also appears on the full-length, now streamable through all online retailers and services.

On Tuesday, October 29th, Chris Stewart will participate in an AMA on the /r/indieheads subreddit at 1pm Pacific Time/4pm Eastern Time.  On November 2nd, Black Marble will kick-off November tour dates in North America in support of Bigger Than Life, starting with an appearance at Substance Festival in his current hometown of Los Angeles, followed by Levitation Festival in Austin Texas shortly afterwards, before ending up on the East Coast.

Black Marble will be coming to Europe and the UK end of January 2020- see full list of dates below. 

29/1 FRA Paris Petit Bain
30/1 FRA Poitiers Comfort Moderne
1/2 FRA Lille Aéronef
2/2 UK Bristol The Crofter’s Rights
3/2 UK Manchester Soup Kitchen
4/2 UK Glasgow Broadcast
5/2 UK Sheffield Record Junkee
6/2 UK London Studio 9294

7/2 BE Bruxelles Tour à Plomb
8/2 NL Den Haag Grauzone
9/2 DE Hamburg Hafenklang
11/2 SWE Gothenborg Musikens Hus
12/2 SWE Stockholm HUS7
13/2 DK Copenhagen Vega
14/2 DE Berlin Urban Spree
15/2 DE Leipzig IfZ
16/2 PL Poznan Pod Minogą
17/2 PL Warsaw Hydrozagadka
18/2 PL Wroclaw DK Luksus
19/2 CZ Prague Kasarna Karlin
20/2 DE Munich Rote Sonne
21/2 DE Jena Cafe Wagner
22/2 DE Offenbach Hafen2
23/2 LUX Luxembourg Rotondes

When Stewart set out to write and record his third album, he was newly living in Los Angeles, fresh off a move from New York. The environment brought much excitement and possibility, but the distance had proved too much for the car he brought along. With it out of commission indefinitely, he purchased a bus pass and planned his daily commute from his Park apartment to his downtown studio, where he began to shape Bigger Than Life.

The route wound all through the city, from the small local shops of Echo Park to the rising glass of the business district, to the desperation of Skid Row. The hurried energy of the environment provided a backdrop for the daily trip. When Stewart finally arrived at his studio, he’d look through his window at the mountains and the sky, seeing the beauty that makes L.A. unique — the same beauty his fellow commuters, some pushed to the edge of human endurance, had seen. That was the headspace he was in when he began to map out the syncopated drums and staccato arpeggiation of Bigger Than Life, an ode to his new condition and a shimmering synth-pop response to its cacophony.

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.

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