To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie: Marlone (CD, Kranky, September 2009)

Intriguing and rather lovely. This record gives us sparse and heavily processed instrumentation which touches on a rather fuzzy, buzzy kind of laptop folk at times, and spirals off into drone at others. But it also gives us dreamy indie-pop vocals — and some pretty catchy tunes, too. If this sounds a bit like post-rock, say Electrelane maybe… well, I guess that’s not completely wrong, but it’s far from right. For one thing, the vocals are more delicate (Cocteau Twins being the most obvious comparison, although parts remind me of the woozier ends of Angelo Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks soundtrack). But mostly, the soundscape is a lot slower and a lot more manipulated. A lot more Kranky, in fact. When I first started listening to this, I worried the vocals would be too twee. But very often, a song will have two minutes of this — a rather warped pop song, but pop nonetheless — before the vocals fade out and the track spirals off into five minutes of a lush analogue hum. Which suits me fine.

Incidentally, the Kranky website tells us that To Kill A Petty Bourgoisie are Jehna Wilhelm on guitar and vocals, and Mark McGee on electronics and sound manipulation, plus a number of guest artists (presumably here supplying the frequent strings, at least).

I bought this from Boomkat. They say that this is Indie / Rock / Alternative.

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