As (potencially) caramel-expert maybe you know this difference on your tongue between synthetical, industrial caramel and handmade one, or? No? Let me say, in case you want another comparision, just imagine the difference between falling gently on cotton wool, feathering up softly and this lesser comfortable moment of falling backwards in a nest and swarm of a mammoth-blood-fed bunch of mosquitos. Maybe this comparision fits well about my huge joy for this Belgium band’s music here. If it is their music or the all arounding beautiful voice, this is one of the best bands I met that year.
A very talented band, pending between pop and indie-folk and for some bits country and also this you-want-listen-again-whatever-that-is-genre. Great, to cannot put them into a cliché-bowl. Their facetteful music is literally dimming the light to can dive into great melodies and compositions. Musically, lyrically. Both. And because Belgium’s people tending to smile bored but polite by getting remembered always on their ‘Chocolat-ish fame’, I don’t have to feel bad having used ‘caramel’ as methaphoric short-sum-up of what sticks still on your synapses as music and melodies, long minutes after you have turned off the music.
More than sweet. Handmade.
At the helm of Marble Sounds is Pieter Van Dessel, who is also part half of the electro band Plastic Operator. His first offering under the moniker Marble Sounds came about in 2007, while residing in Montreal, Canada. That four song EP, "A Painting Or A Spill", tuned into the unabashed nostalgia of bands like Pinback, The Notwist and Eels, layering beauty on top bitter-sweet sentiment. The track 'Redesign' received considerable air play on Belgian national radio (Radio 1, StuBru) and was picked up by the BBC DJ Steve Lamacq.
Back in Belgium, Van Dessel put together a band consisting of Gianni Marzo (Isbells), Frederik Bastiaensen (ex-General Mindy), Christophe Vandewoude and Johan De Coster (Soon). In a matter of weeks, Marble Sounds was opening for bands such as Why?, Micah P. Hinson, HRSTA and Keith Caputo (Life of Agony). The band also contributed the opening track to Chapter Music's tribute to Kath Bloom alongside such musical beau monde as Devendra Banhart, The Dodos, Bill Callahan and Mark Kozelek.
Marble Sounds released their first full-length CD “Nice Is Good” on Zealrecords in March 2010. The album features vocals by Robert Pollard (Guided by Voices) and a song co-written with Tokyo singersongwriter Miwako Shimizu.
Source: Marble Sounds Official Website
Images of the band taken from their Facebook page. Watch more here
Nice Is Good (Zealrecords, 2010)
Kath Bloom - Loving Takes This Course (Chapter Music, 2008)
The Days We Care About 7” (Zealrecords, 2011)
A Painting Or A Spill (Rainorsnow Records, 2007)
Yuko - For Times When Ears Are Sore Remix (Debonair, 2008)
Soon - Serenade The City (Funtime Records, 2006)
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