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Marcus Hamblett – Concrete

WILLKOMMEN019 |  Released May 25th 2015 | Buy

UK: Buy in store or online at Resident RecordsRough Trade or Music’s Not Dead
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For the last five years, multi-instrumentalist Marcus Hamblett has earned his bread and butter as a session musician mostly touring internationally with folk/pop acts.

However, debut solo album Concrete is an entirely different beast, combining free improvisation with collage in a way that hints at FaustTortoise and Six Organs of Admittance. Vintage analog synths and awkward guitar melodies intermingle with ghostly female vocals, betraying the influence of Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai‘s 70’s horror theme music.

The Quietus said the album “could be called post-rock if it didn’t also sound pre-rock, or maybe as if rock had never happened and folk, modern jazz and the classical avant-garde had merged into a stream of hip, innovative music to soundtrack the changes and discontents of the second half of the twentieth century instead, and Joe Meek had dug John Cage.

Hamblett is also a member of many other bands including Eyes & No Eyes and Sons of Noel and Adrian and has worked as a producer, arranger or instrumentalist with countless others including Fear of MenLaura MarlingLandshapes, Rozi PlainBear’s DenPeggy SueWilly MasonBroken Social Scene and Dan Mangan.

The live show normally sees Hamblett improvise on modular synth and/or guitar with drummer and frequent collaborator Thomas Heather.

  1. Nocturne (5:00)
  2. Skeleton Key (6:02)
  3. Be New (2:40)
  4. Three Four (8:50)
  5. Augmented (6:56)
  6. Stony Ground (10:26)

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