Marlody: I’m Not Positive At All
Accessible on CD and Ltd Version Vinyl
Launched thirteenth January
Kent primarily based Marlody releases her debut album, I’m Not Positive At All on thirteenth January through Skep Wax
It’s becoming that this album is popping out within the New Yr as there may be freshness to it that welcomes within the New Yr, regardless of mockingly the opening monitor being the pastoral, haunting, piano led beforehand launched single, Summer time. Fittingly although the monitor can be about new beginnings, though on this case taking a toddler’s perspective of latest life after the lack of a mum or dad. Marlody’s debut album, I’m Not Positive At All, takes the listener on a journey of feelings, nervousness, weak spot, worry and sees her turning them into strengths through highly effective melodies, the sweetest of harmonies and lyrics that insist on the potential of hope, with out shedding sight of the potential of despair.
For these not acquainted with the artist; in her adolescence, Marlody was one of many higher-achieving classical pianists of her era, successful competitions and destined for greatness. She hated it, and threw all of it away. Within the intervening years, placing increasingly distance between herself and her classical origins, she listened to Yo La Tengo and Shellac and 100 different issues that took music to new, untutored extremes. While she might have thrown away the treadmill of competitions, the piano dominates this launch together with the customarily emotional vocals. That is actually one thing particular.
Marlody’s songs are illuminated, and typically made sinister, by occasional bursts of programmed percussion, submarine bass and distant, chiming digital bells. Take the second monitor, Runaway. It begins with an electrical piano earlier than percussion enters simply earlier than the centre level which then construct because the craving vocals loop.
I’m Not Positive At All incorporates many deep, darkly stunning pop songs and as talked about on the outset, it’s an emotional album which charts Marlody’s painful private journey. The the temporary and jaunty Malevolence is concerning the horrible urge to commit inexcusable violence (“You actually wanna smash their face / Actually wanna smash their face / However you understand you’re by no means gonna do it Yeah you understand you’re by no means gonna do it”); Fallacious relates the historical past of an adulterous affair, with a piercing sympathy for the emotional state of the adulterer (“And also you say you probably did unsuitable / Effectively I want you’ll share all of your errors with me / I’d be all of your errors / If there was a means I might get you to see”).
Phrases offers with the debilitating impact of psychiatric remedy (“I broke my thoughts / In order that they took my phrases away”); and Mates in Low Locations is a distinctive hymn of solidarity with all these individuals who’ve contemplated taking their very own lives (Typically I simply can’t take extra faces / I feel you’ve all been feeling it too / A few of us are gone with no traces / They’ve been taken into the blue). Though the lyrics would recommend in any other case, these are uplifting and supply up their truths calmly and are generously awash with lush harmonies.
It will be remiss of me to not touch upon the musical echoes, the obvious, and lazy, maybe being Tori Amos. That mentioned among the vocal melodies might remind you of Kate Bush; the intimacy of Cate Le Bon; the anger and ache from a few of Liz Phair’s lyrics. I additionally hear similarities of Mancunian Caffs Burgis, aka Check Card Woman whoever it’s unlikely the 2 artists would remember of each other.
I’ve had the luxurious of listening to I’m Not Positive At Everywhere in the previous few weeks and had time for it to breathe and develop. It’s an beautiful file to start out of 2023 which I might suggest others make investments time in it too. It’s not one thing that I say evenly however this, at very least, needs to be in competition to be listed for the Mercury Music Prize.
To have a good time the launch Marlody will likely be performing two live shows
14th January, 7pm: Unitarian Assembly Home, Tenterden, Kent – tickets from right here
fifteenth January, 4pm: Betsey Trotwood, London – tickets from right here
For extra data on the Kent primarily based artist go to her Twitter and Instagram
All phrases by Iain Key. See his creator profile right here or discover him on Twitter as @iainkey
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