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The Chronicles of Marnia

Marnie Stern

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Having established herself as one of indie rock's premier shredders, Marnie Stern returns with an emphasis on songcraft on her rhapsodic fourth album, The Chronicles of Marnia. While Stern still delights in plenty of the lightning-fast guitar heroics with which she's made a name for herself, the album feels like a more open and exploratory affair. Part of this can be attributed to a change in personnel, with Hella and Death Grips drummer Zach Hill being replaced by Oneida's Kid Millions, providing a looser, more fluid contrast to Hill's technical wizardry. With this less tightly wound rhythm section behind her, the songs here seem to open up into rousing rock & roll mini-celebrations rather than musical endurance tests. This shift gives The Chronicles of Marnia a new dimension of accessibility without sacrificing too much of its complexity. Rather than feeling like Stern isn't putting in the effort, though, it's more fair to say that at this point she's not as concerned with trying so hard to impress us, instead floating from song to song with a breezy effortlessness that showcases a confident songwriter who isn't afraid to let the hooks do some of the heavy lifting this time around. That said, anyone expecting this to be yet another twisting sonic puzzle might be a little disappointed by the more direct approach here, but like Stern's other albums, The Chronicles of Marnia is an album that demands multiple journeys through the wardrobe, only this time it's to fully take in the album's melodic depths rather than to make sense of its technical achievements.
© Gregory Heaney /TiVo

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1
Year of the Glad
00:03:39

Marnie Stern, Composer, MainArtist - Spirit in the Night, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2013 Kill Rock Stars 2013 Spirit in the Night, ASCAP

2
You Don't Turn Down
00:03:11

Marnie Stern, Composer, MainArtist - Spirit in the Night, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2013 Kill Rock Stars 2013 Spirit in the Night, ASCAP

3
Noonan
00:03:04

Marnie Stern, Composer, MainArtist - Spirit in the Night, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2013 Kill Rock Stars 2013 Spirit in the Night, ASCAP

4
Nothing is Easy
00:03:48

Marnie Stern, Composer, MainArtist - Spirit in the Night, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2013 Kill Rock Stars 2013 Spirit in the Night, ASCAP

5
Immortals
00:02:54

Marnie Stern, Composer, MainArtist - Spirit in the Night, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2013 Kill Rock Stars 2013 Spirit in the Night, ASCAP

6
The Chronicles of Marnia
00:03:10

Marnie Stern, Composer, MainArtist - Spirit in the Night, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2013 Kill Rock Stars 2013 Spirit in the Night, ASCAP

7
Still Moving
00:03:06

Marnie Stern, Composer, MainArtist - Spirit in the Night, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2013 Kill Rock Stars 2013 Spirit in the Night, ASCAP

8
East Side Glory
00:02:55

Marnie Stern, Composer, MainArtist - Spirit in the Night, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2013 Kill Rock Stars 2013 Spirit in the Night, ASCAP

9
Proof of Life
00:03:42

Marnie Stern, Composer, MainArtist - Spirit in the Night, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2013 Kill Rock Stars 2013 Spirit in the Night, ASCAP

10
Hell Yes
00:03:17

Marnie Stern, Composer, MainArtist - Spirit in the Night, ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2013 Kill Rock Stars 2013 Spirit in the Night, ASCAP

Album Description

Having established herself as one of indie rock's premier shredders, Marnie Stern returns with an emphasis on songcraft on her rhapsodic fourth album, The Chronicles of Marnia. While Stern still delights in plenty of the lightning-fast guitar heroics with which she's made a name for herself, the album feels like a more open and exploratory affair. Part of this can be attributed to a change in personnel, with Hella and Death Grips drummer Zach Hill being replaced by Oneida's Kid Millions, providing a looser, more fluid contrast to Hill's technical wizardry. With this less tightly wound rhythm section behind her, the songs here seem to open up into rousing rock & roll mini-celebrations rather than musical endurance tests. This shift gives The Chronicles of Marnia a new dimension of accessibility without sacrificing too much of its complexity. Rather than feeling like Stern isn't putting in the effort, though, it's more fair to say that at this point she's not as concerned with trying so hard to impress us, instead floating from song to song with a breezy effortlessness that showcases a confident songwriter who isn't afraid to let the hooks do some of the heavy lifting this time around. That said, anyone expecting this to be yet another twisting sonic puzzle might be a little disappointed by the more direct approach here, but like Stern's other albums, The Chronicles of Marnia is an album that demands multiple journeys through the wardrobe, only this time it's to fully take in the album's melodic depths rather than to make sense of its technical achievements.
© Gregory Heaney /TiVo

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