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Alternative & Indie - Released August 21, 2020 | Hardly Art

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"Opener ‘This Is Not the Indie Rock I Signed Up For’ has a gentle introduction and exquisite vocal harmonies, before turning things on their head by including discordant, uncomfortable sounds." © TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 5, 2019 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 9, 2012 | Hardly Art

Black Marble's debut album A Different Arrangement should make any fan of early synth pop pioneers like OMD or Soft Cell very happy. Or as happy as an exceedingly gloomy album can make one happy, that is. The duo of Chris Stewart and Ty Kube does an amazing job of recapturing both the sound and feel of early-'80s darkwave and synth pop artists, with some added Joy Division input just to make things less cheery. Kube's mastery of conjuring appropriately clunky and clinky sounds from vintage synths and drum machines is half the equation; Stewart's deep and intense vocals are the other. Though there are traces of predecessors like Ian Curtis in his sound, he conveys enough choked emotion of his own that it's easy to give him a pass. Thanks to the decidedly authentic retro sound the duo creates, A Different Arrangement gives off a decidedly nostalgic impression, helped along by the decision to master the album with all the high end lopped off. This makes the album sound like it was recorded and mixed at the bottom of a pool, which only adds to the sense of restrained and cloistered emotion that runs behind the façade of frozen synths and drum machines. There's not a single moment of sunshine to break the gloom, but the strict devotion to sound and atmosphere that the pair adhere to throughout the record creates an unbroken, melancholic mood that is easy to sink deeply into and embrace. Plus, there are a lot of strong melodies to keep you company as you wallow, and the band displays a fair amount of variation in tempo and instrumentation, so that the record doesn't just wash over you in a monochromatic blur that lacks detail. A Different Arrangement might not be the kind of album that one could cozy up to on a sunny summer day, but on a cold, wintery night it just might be the kind of sound you want to hear as you burrow under the blankets. It's also an impressive debut from a pair who have completely mastered their craft. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released July 13, 2018 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 11, 2018 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 21, 2020 | Hardly Art

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"THE GOLDEN ONE is one of the most unexpectedly moving comedy specials in recent memory..." © TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released July 8, 2016 | Hardly Art

Originally created as an experimental 1998 lo-fi solo project between her tenures in Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, the Julie Ruin is the brainchild of singer, songwriter, and feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna. After re-launching the venture as a band in 2010, Hanna and her co-conspirators delivered their brash group debut, Run Fast, in 2013. While it bore a resemblance to Julie Ruin's first incarnation, it also seemed to borrow from the snarling punk of Bikini Kill and the electroclash indie of Le Tigre. As brazen and provocative as it was, it was also not without a sense of fun. The same can be said about their 2016 follow-up, Hit Reset, a 13-track sonic blast that, in spite of containing some of Hanna's most personal material, is a wonderfully enthralling listen. While Hanna serves as ringleader and frontwoman, this is very much a gang record with a spiky, rhythmic interplay and a collaborative feel that, at times, recalls a more spastic B-52s. Bassist Kathi Wilcox (also of Bikini Kill) and drummer Carmine Covelli drive the train, churning out quirky rhythms and setting the table for charismatic keyboardist Kenny Mellman and guitarist Sara Landeau, who never crowd the songs. Hanna's willfully eccentric vocals arrive in choppy bellows, half-spoken incantations, or sweet melodies, often within the same song. There is no shortage of highlights, from the dark, fuzzy punk of "I Decide" to the weird, spunky pop of "Planet You," which bears the motivational chorus of "start a Kickstarter for your heart!" Other standouts like "Hello Trust No One" and "Time Is Up" also cast a spell with their spastic, otherworldly pop. As far as follow-ups go, the Julie Ruin have hit their mark squarely with this oddly hooky, and totally unique, release. © Timothy Monger /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 22, 2014 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 11, 2012 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 17, 2011 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 26, 2011 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 28, 2014 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 14, 2019 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 15, 2013 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 11, 2019 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 28, 2018 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 8, 2014 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 2, 2017 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 9, 2015 | Hardly Art

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 23, 2015 | Hardly Art