Release Date: Apr 7, 2015
Record label: Sargent House
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock
The debut full-length from Marriages has arrived, and some would say it's about damn time. It's now more than five years since Red Sparowes - of which Emma Ruth Rundle, Greg Burns and Dave Clifford were members - released their last album before promptly breaking up, but some of the post-rock supergroup's sound seeped into Marriages' debut EP Kitsune, which served as an intriguing (and frequently impressive) glimpse into their new direction. (When I say supergroup, I mean it; just look at the list of bands they've been in: Red Sparowes, Nocturnes, Halifax Pier, Pleasure Forever, Angel Hair, the massively influential Isis...).
Review Summary: Marriages finally release the charming rock record we always knew they were capable of.With the onset of post-rock/metal's putrefaction, Marriages seem to have gotten out just in time. While the genre tag has always been really loose to begin with, one cannot deny the overt literal and thematic heaviness that the band has typically displayed. Winding passages thick with burning reverb have littered their short discography, while each song has slogged away murkily.
Beginning as a side project of instrumental post-rock heroes Red Sparowes, Marriages tested the waters in 2012 with Kitsune, a six-song EP of hazy, often quite heavy shoegaze-inspired alt-rock. The Los Angeles-based trio is made up of drummer Andrew Clinco, bassist Greg Burns, and singer/guitarist Emma Ruth Rundle who, along with Burns, plays in Red Sparowes as well as fronting her own folkgaze project the Nocturnes. With several tours and a couple of years together under their belt, Marriages return with their debut full-length, Salome.
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