Black Marble share “Woods” off forthcoming LP

Black Marble shares second single "Woods"

Recently, Black Marble – bedroom synth project of LA-based musician Chris Stewart – announced It’s Immaterial, his second full-length and follow up to his 2012 debut A Different Arrangement, due for release on September 30th on his new home, Ghostly International.  The first taste of the album came from the single “Iron Lung,” which Black Marble shared last month.

Still featuring Chris Stewart at the helm along with select collaborators as supplementation, the project’s recent shift in locale from East Coast to West Coast lends a great deal to the overall feel of the new album: the light and dark elements of shadows, the salt and sting of evening’s high tide sea spray, a beautiful thing left on a shelf too high to maintain. The general mood is that of creating something new, but going back in time to do it.  Like attempting to flesh out a song that you woke up humming but can’t find because it doesn’t exist yet.

Written, recorded, mixed, and performed entirely by Stewart, the new songs are a unified vision – one person’s attempt to patchwork together bits of vapor and the most subtle gleanings of preference to make something wholly new.  It’s an endless drive in the passenger seat of a car while listening to everything you’ve ever loved, but lasting only 40 minutes.

It’s a lot of psychic turmoil about time, place, and the dissatisfaction that comes with being young and not having control over place, or being old and not having control over time,” Stewart says about the album. “The record is filled with characters trying to convince themselves, and others, to change or to see things differently or to come along with them somewhere. It’s that moment of wanting between knowing and doing but frozen in time.”

Black Marble – It’s Immaterial
(September 30th – Ghostly)

01. Interdiction
02. Iron Lung
03. It’s Conditional
04. Woods
05. A Million Billion Star
06. Missing Sibling
07. Frisk
08. Golden Heart
09. Self Guided Tours
10. Portland U
11. Collene