Black Marble is the solo synth wave project of Chris Stewart. First debuting in 2012, his music draws influence from cold wave, early-80s synth pop. As a follow-up to his 2019 album, Black Marble is soon releasing an EP, I Must Be Living Twice, featuring all cover songs. The first single is a cover of “In Manchester” by British postpunk band, Wire.
The song itself is catchy and upbeat and while the cover doesn’t stray too far from the original version, it has a distinct Black Marble quality to it. Lo-fi with a sleepy essence, it trades most of the guitars for dark synths and the drums for drum machines. Speaking on the subject of cover songs in a press release, Stewart says, “Most musicians are fans first and covers are a way for bands to show this.”
See below for the other songs to which Black Marble pays homage in the EP, which releases via Sacred Bones on August 14:
01 “Johnny And Mary” (Robert Palmer Cover)
02 “Golden Age” (Lives Of Angels Cover)
02 “In Manchester” (Wire Cover)
04 “Emma’s House” (The Field Mice Cover)
05 “Poison Tree” (Grouper Cover)
Stream and purchase “In Manchester” via Bandcamp, iTunes, and Spotify.