BLACK MARBLE

BLACK MARBLE

BODY OF LIGHT, DRAA

Fri, June 30, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Valley Bar

Phoenix, AZ

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 16 and over

BLACK MARBLE
BLACK MARBLE
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. The general mood is that of creating something new, but going back in time to do it. Like attempting to flesh out a song that you woke up humming but can’t find because it doesn’t exist yet.
With the end of the East Coast chapter of Stewart’s life on the horizon, It’s Immaterial was recorded in a period of mental and physical transition, trapped between spaces and unable to move on until the snow globe flurry of ideas floating around him settled just right. It’s Immaterial is soaring and muted all at once. It's a collection of songs pieced together from perfect seeming snippets heard while passing open doors. It's a framework in which your imagination creates its own version of what you need to hear but didn’t have a way to describe - like a favorite song heard on an unlabeled mixtape by a band you can’t uncover.

With both early releases the band followed a familiar path stomped down in the late 70's and early 80's by a kindred assemblage of synth acts whose gauzy tape sounds and DIY ethics paved the way for other likeminded artists. Pulling from the handmade approach of late 70's synth wave pioneers like Silicon Teens, Iron Curtain, Lives of Angels, and Solid Space, Black Marble dialed in on a clear understanding of its own specific sound, which has since evolved. Channeling Robert Palmer's early Island years, vocals have been pushed forward - their delivery more desperate. The result is a feeling more immediate yet claustrophobic.

“It's a lot of psychic turmoil about time, place, and the dissatisfaction that comes with being young and not having control over place, or being old and not having control over time,” Stewart says about the album. “The record is filled with characters trying to convince themselves, and others, to change or to see things differently or to come along with them somewhere. It’s that moment of wanting between knowing and doing but frozen in time.”

It’s Immaterial is a further evolution in Black Marble's sound. Where the songs featured on their debut full-length seemed to hiss from a vent in the floor, the new tracks seem to be coming from the next room. Written, recorded, mixed, and performed entirely by Stewart, the new songs are a unified vision - one person’s attempt to patchwork together bits of vapor and the most subtle gleanings of preference to make something wholly new. It's an endless drive in the passenger seat of a car while listening to everything you’ve ever loved, but lasting only 40 minutes.
BODY OF LIGHT
Formed in the Spring of 2011, Body of Light have proved to be a prolific force within the modern synth scene. From the archaic drones of their first releases, to their new heavy cinematic pop ballads and darkwave sounds, the two brothers are no strangers when it comes to pushing the boundaries of underground music. Having worked together and separately in previous projects such as Otro Mundo, Blue Krishna, Somali Extract, and Memorymann (among the few), whilst unveiling over a dozen visual, audio, and written works via the Ascetic House Collective, Alex and Andrew Jarson have released an abundant amount of work within a fairly short amount of time. Body of Light is simply one extension of that method of experimentation.
Hesitant to define themselves strictly as a synth-pop act, the Jarson brothers incorporate a wide variety of sounds—they are attempting to construct a path, unique with decaying, warbled tape loops, old VHS home-movie sound samples from their childhood, digital and analog sound waves, and unique vocals buried in effects. Their idea is to utilize past and present technologies in a way that feels unique, new, and more importantly, honest. With multiple cassette releases to date, including Follow The Current, Lustre, Universal Sin, Volantà Di Amore and Limits of Reason, the project has established a sound and iconography that seem unusual in conjunction, though aesthetically and sonically rich.
DRAA
DRAA
"In the theme of not releasing albums, don't bother trying to look up Draa's music online. You'll just find yourself staring at a river in Morocco from which the band's name derives (nobody in the band really seems to know why). Save for a mostly sparse Facebook page, Draa has no web trail and, more importantly, no music to stream or download. The group released a two-song live cassette in a pitifully small run of 25 tapes to coincide with a show in Flagstaff not long ago. That being the exception, the band seems to be nearly anthrophobic about its music.

It may seem strange within the confines of the digital age that a band can exist without haphazardly throwing out stocking-stuffer songs all over the Internet, yet Draa seems to be doing things the old-fashioned way, which means bringing its live performance game hard and letting the chips fall where they may. Over the course of the first and only year of its existence, Draa has made a stir playing university parties and events around Tempe and downtown Phoenix, leading to the band climbing onto larger bills with the likes of Broken Water, Soft Kill, Drab Majesty, Holy Drug Couple, and Wax Idols.

For a younger band to be gaining so much attention this quickly based solely on the merit of live performance and word of mouth is virtually unheard of in 2015 and speaks volumes to the level of musicianship and power these individuals are capable of achieving.

In a live setting, the band antes up with the best of them when it comes to creating an atmosphere. Their pedal-driven dream-pop trances are woven together with precise interludes of noise and effects freakouts that leave audiences bewildered as to what exactly is going on. Yet the madness is always reeled back to a cohesive structure before the ambient placeholders begin to border on over-indulgence." - Roger Calamaio, Phoenix New Times
Venue Information:
Valley Bar
130 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
http://www.valleybarphx.com/