Black Marble’s Chris Stewart’s has done it once again with the latest bubbly track culled from his forthcoming new record Bigger Than Life—his first release after relocating from NYC to the sunnier locale of Los Angeles.
Following the midsummer debut of “One Eye Open”, this next album track lives up to its namesake, as “Feels” is a lo-fi synth-pop daydream—like the sonic distillation of a Sunday afternoon going through boxes and dusting off memories in a unique blending of happy and sad nostalgic loneliness.
In a statement, Stewart explains:
“Feels” is an impression more than a story really told through visual snapshots. Speaking about having a radio show and working a blood drive in DC are memories from sort of a fictional character’s “nineties” past when that part of the country was central to underground music in America and having radio shows on college radio was a popular thing for students to do. These local scenes seemed more cohesive and unified and maybe a little more innocent. The idea that now the quote unquote “scene” is more a digital pastiche of correlated yet not at all united artists, ostensibly associating with one another more for self-promotion than any kind of ethical unity seems a little sad by comparison. It’s interesting that music, a communal thing by nature, is experienced by some artists as an atomized, perfunctory, and maybe even a bit lonely experience considering its always been a tool for people to find their voice and find others like themselves.
Director Izrayl Brinsdon incorporated “real VHS footage from family archives” into his video for “Feels,” hoping to create “a source of nostalgia that is honest and without fabrication.”
Watch the video for “Feels” below:
Bigger Than Life which will be out October 25th on Sacred Bones Records.
In promotion of the album, Black Marble is set to performing at Substance 2019 alongside a stellar lineup including:
Gary Numan, ADULT., Xeno & Oaklander, Kanga, John Maus, Boy Harsher, A Place To Bury Strangers, Lust For Youth, HTRK, Crack Cloud, Psyche, Ritual Howls, Odonis Odonis, Klack, Kontravoid, Void Vision, Miserable, and Second Still.
Black Marble is also set to perform at Psyched for Levitation Fest in Austin this Nov. 7th. With John Cale, Chrome, Dinosaur Jr. and more.
Pre-order Bigger Than Life Here