BLACK MARBLE 'Fast Idol' LP Cover
BLACK MARBLE 'Fast Idol' 12" LP Black vinyl
BLACK MARBLE 'Fast Idol' 12" LP Gold Nugget vinyl
Sacred Bones Records


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On 'Fast Idol', LA-based BLACK MARBLE reaches back through time to connect with the forgotten bedroom kids of the analog era, the halcyon days of icy hooks and warbly synths always on the edge of going out of tune. Harmonies are piped in across the expanse of space, and lyrics capture conversations that seem to come from another room, repeat an accusation overheard, or speak as if in sleep of interpersonal struggles distilled down to one subconscious phrase. At the same time, percussive elements feel forward and cut through the mix with toms counting off the measures like a lost tribe broadcasting through the bass and tops of a basement club Soundsystem. 'Fast Idol' is Stewart's fourth full-length album and his second for Sacred Bones. His previous album 'Bigger than Life' was written in the face of cultural shifts in the US, in experiencing these he realized he was not keyed into certain negative sentiments that were bubbling below the surface, which were breaking out into the open. “I chose to try and take the approach of a soothsayer writing from a macro level, trying to find strands of connection between us because it didn’t feel appropriate to create something self-referential and gloomy at the time,” he says. 'Fast Idol' sees BLACK MARBLE face the rising tide of uncertainty, leaving our future selves to trace its signal as its frequencies echo into an interstellar expanse, looking for a receiver. He says: "I want my music to stick with you after I leave, even though you might not feel like you’re any closer to knowing it."