11 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Minimal wave, cold wave, darkwave: a number of monikers are churning through the genre-naming machine right now to describe bands like Black Marble (which is tagged "darkwave"). But the terms all share common traits. Dark? Check. Cold? Check. Minimalist? Check. Earlier in 2012, this Brooklyn duo released a truly frosty EP, Weight Against the Door. That was a bleak and somewhat uncomfortable work. A Different Arrangement takes on warmer tones, both in the cozier feel of the production, the pacing, and the more organic bass lines. The atmospherics of Arrangement pulse with an inward-looking kind of contemplation. It's a pretty record, only slightly unsettling on first listen. Chris Stewart's buried-in-reverb vocals manage to pull you in, with his voice offering a strange kind of comfort. There are whiffs of forebears Ian Curtis and Peter Hook, to be sure, but with this collection, the duo sends out a stark, stripped-down beacon of something like hope. Yeah—it's dark in here sometimes, but you aren't alone.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Minimal wave, cold wave, darkwave: a number of monikers are churning through the genre-naming machine right now to describe bands like Black Marble (which is tagged "darkwave"). But the terms all share common traits. Dark? Check. Cold? Check. Minimalist? Check. Earlier in 2012, this Brooklyn duo released a truly frosty EP, Weight Against the Door. That was a bleak and somewhat uncomfortable work. A Different Arrangement takes on warmer tones, both in the cozier feel of the production, the pacing, and the more organic bass lines. The atmospherics of Arrangement pulse with an inward-looking kind of contemplation. It's a pretty record, only slightly unsettling on first listen. Chris Stewart's buried-in-reverb vocals manage to pull you in, with his voice offering a strange kind of comfort. There are whiffs of forebears Ian Curtis and Peter Hook, to be sure, but with this collection, the duo sends out a stark, stripped-down beacon of something like hope. Yeah—it's dark in here sometimes, but you aren't alone.

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