Wednesday 24 October 2012

The Marigold - Let The Sun EP

EP review by KevW

In one form or another, Italian group The Marigold have been in existence since the late 1990s, and as fans of distorted guitars, post-rock and elongated experimentalism will know, this kind of thing was rife at that time with bands such as Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor at the height of their powers. Currently recording as a trio, The Marigold are very much keeping that spirit of boundary-stretching alive without letting things drag on into indulgent tedium. Latest EP 'Let The Sun' consists of a solitary studio recording and a few live tracks; something that's usually a sign of scraping around for material to flesh out a release so it gives the illusion of being more than simply one new song; it's a method of squeezing extra cash from the pockets of your fans. For The Marigold however, this isn't the case.

Yes there are a few live tracks (the amount depends on the format of purchase) but the sound quality, not to mention the musicianship, would have you believing these were carefully perfected studio recordings; we're not talking so-so bootleg material, they manage to nail each and every one. The real selling point for the EP will of course be the brooding and glowering title-track which features Alessandra Gismondi from the band Pitch. If you like your guitars to sound monumental and your drums to crash then you'll be quids in with this one. It's a big tune with heavy distortion and the slow and steady force of a slow motion tsunami, engulfing everything in its wake. The height of post-rock may have passed but there are still plenty of people out there making it sound as majestic as ever.

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