BLACK MAR­BLE

Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums -

IT’S IM­MA­TE­RIAL GHOSTLY IN­TER­NA­TIONAL, OUT NOW West Coast elec­tro with roots in ’ 80s Manch­ester.

Pre­vi­ously based in Brook­lyn, Chris Ste­wart’s re­cent move to sun­nier Cal­i­for­nian climes doesn’t ap­pear to have bright­ened his mood – nor the noirish synth tones favoured on his sec­ond LP. So while the al­bum ti­tle may echo the Liver­pool in­die-pop out­fit of Driv­ing Away From Home fame, Iron Lung’s brood­ing in­ten­sity and Peter Hook-in­spired bassline sound as if they’ve been tele­ported di­rectly from Fac­tory Records circa 1981. If Ste­wart were sim­ply serv­ing up a post-punk pas­tiche that would be the end of the story, but the emo­tive yearn­ing of his vo­cals and out-of-fo­cus pro­duc­tion places him firmly in the present, even as Woods’ in­dus­trial clat­ter and Frisk’s plan­gent synths play hall-of-mir­rors tricks with early New Or­der. RU­PERT HOWE

Lis­ten To: Iron Lung | Woods

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