Announces new album 'Fast Idol' due Oct 22nd via Sacred Bones Records. Preliminary sharing of first single & video "Somewhere" out now!
Today Black Marble aka Chris Stewart has announced his new album titled Fast Idol, which is due out October 22 via Sacred Bones Records. He's also sharing the first single and video from the video online, "Somewhere", online now and has announced a full UK tour for this October and November.
On the track itself, Chris Stewart shares:
“‘Somewhere’ describes a place just out of reach that serves as a diversion and takes focus away from the ambiguities of daily life. It represents a place of disinhibition where if it could only be remembered, or found, the people we aim to be could for a moment be fully realized. Although its dreamlike clarity and feeling of connection may seem like an empty promise, it serves as an aspirational reminder for what might be.”
The song is accompanied by a wondrous video directed by Theo Sixou. Regarding the visuals, Chris Stewart says:
“I was so happy to work with director Theo Six for our third video together. Brought to life in the shadows of the towers of the Parisian suburbs, I love that Theo always seems to return to the themes of searching and wishing in his work. I think that the idea of an artist, or anyone really, as a fully formed entity interacting with the world is rather strange. Although there can be pressure to come across this way, I think it's more interesting and realistic to admit to the idea that most of us struggle to live up to some idealized projection of who we want to be. In this way, I've always appreciated how Theo imbues these little worlds he creates with feelings of desire for this sort of transcendence, and I always trust that I'll relate to the way he sees things.”
On Fast Idol, LA-based Black Marble reaches back through time to connect with the forgotten bedroom kids of the analogue 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 realised he was not keyed into certain negative sentiments that were bubbling below the surface, which were breaking out into the open.