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Marbled Eye

Read The Air LP

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Marbled Eye

Read The Air LP


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This release is Summer Shade #003.

Tapping into a vein of modern post-punk that’s often imported from the likes of Manchester or Melbourne, Read The Air is simultaneously the most aggressive and catchiest music Marbled Eye have made to date. “We wanted to have a wider variety of songs, sounds, and tones of this record,” explains Natividad. “While there’s certainly the classic Marbled Eye monotone-vocal-over-droning-guitars thing, we tried to introduce some other elements, tempos, and melodies into the mix.” Lucero adds, “We all grew up on various strains of guitar music, dance, and hip hop, I guess when you smash all these things together, the common denominator is there’s always gotta be a hard-driving rhythm and a visceral intensity that people can hopefully latch onto–no matter how it’s manifested sonically.”

Read The Air is littered with small but substantial details and moments of the band pushing their sound to new places: the contrast of feedback and earworm riffs on “Tonight;” the echo that helps to stretch out “Wear Me Down;” the tension that builds in the title track before everything crashes through in its finale. None of it ever strips the band of their intensity, instead giving their tightly coiled sound a new dimension. Lead single “In the Static” favors the kind of twisting guitarwork favored by peers like Institute and Total Control, while album centerpiece “See It Too” shifts from stabbing guitar riffs into a mesmerizingly hooky chorus. “Me and you, not so different through and through / in your eyes you see it too,” Natividad sings with a sardonic smirk.

Lyrically the album is more than upfront with its disdain for so much of society, the way it can chew you up or simply hollow you out–all while insisting on a facade of civility. “And when the hand comes down / there’s a difference between what you want and what you get,” Lucero intones on “In The Static,” while elsewhere the start-stop rhythm of “All the Pieces” matches the unexpected collapse of self to which the song speaks. “Motion” might be the bleakest track the band has written, going from industrial clang to a propulsive refrain where one is “forced to move along / no choice sacrifice / dead eyes / empty inside.” Marbled Eye have seen the present and it isn’t pretty.

Pressing Info
100 White (Summer Shade Exclusive)
100 Black in Clear (Digital Regress Exclusive)
300 Black

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