Marriages
Kitsune


4.0
excellent

Review

by sngf USER (14 Reviews)
January 30th, 2014 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


Marriages is a band consisting of Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (vocals, guitar), Greg Burns (bass, synthesizer) and Dave Clifford (drums). This debut EP is an earthy slice of spacey gaze, a seemingly hard feat to for people from a jamming post rock group to accomplish. Successfully tackling a genre similar to their other project is no easy task for band-mates with a shared background. The musicians can be taking all their unused concepts of off the drawing board, yet there can exist a large disparity between the perceptions of the audience and of the artists. While a musician will swear that they are doing something new, to the average listener it may seem like a simple rehash or b-side from the other project. With this EP however, Marriages avoid that pitfall and create a sound that is quite unique in and of itself.

The undercurrent of Kitsune is one that is incredibly organic, gorgeous and green. Dreamy reverb and distortion complement the grounded snares. An entourage of backing synth-work serve to layer the aural canopy while thundering bass guitar fills the forest air. The bass remains at all times distinct, and lays roots for the other elements to grow. While all these components swirl about, Emma's breathy vocals softly float alongside them like a zephyr. Her murmuring vocals in Body of Shade move from the forefront of the song to the border, taunting the edges of the listener's perception. She acts a compelling and emotional guide through the, at times very hazy, forest presented. There are no out-of-place structures to be conscious of while listening to this record, no inconsistencies worthy of reprimand. As it is listened to, it draws the victim into a beautifully sketched landscape with no line left unconnected.

Unfortunately, the EP slightly falters when it comes to its second half. While not outright bad, two arrangements found here are a bit lacking. They are not exactly pieces one would choose to listen to outside of the full 26 minute listen. Pelt comes off as an experimental interlude which, although it keeps the tone that Marriages have set, is arguably not something that is needed for such a short record. Whereas White Shape falls down the rabbit hole that the rest of the album manages to avoid, and is essentially just a middling 3 minutes of Red Sparowes. Judging these songs outside the context of the album seems like unwarranted nitpicking; the entire work flows graciously and seems to be a one gigantic number. Yet the quality of the other tracks are so above and beyond these two, and they shine by themselves when taken out of context. It comes down to what the listener is looking for in this record, a half hour opus or a collection of songs. The truth is that if they seek the latter, there are some flaws to be found. However, there is no denying the overall trip is one that is a lush, comforting way to lose oneself.

This effort is marked by how seamlessly all the parts intertwine and cascade. The songs peacefully blur into each other with uncompromising resolve. The result? A lightly psychedelic, heavily entrancing mash of space rock and shoegaze conducted to near perfection.It's releases like this one that defy the very term of “side project”, as this EP deserves to be performed on the main stage.



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sixdegrees
January 30th 2014


24866 Comments


dang you are reviewing good albums

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Taxt
January 30th 2014


1038 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice to see this finally get a review.

I can't wait for their full length.

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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2014


15748 Comments


"Marriages is a band consisting of Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (vocals, guitar) and Greg Burns (bass, synthesizer). The two also recruited the help of band-mate Dave Clifford to help record drums on this début EP"

this sentence makes no sense are there two or three people in this band?

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2014


15748 Comments


oh good now I can listen to this record thanks man : )

Cygnatti
January 30th 2014


31840 Comments


im interested. :x

Artuma
January 30th 2014


29055 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome album

neurisis17
January 30th 2014


585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad someone finally reviewed this, I'm probably gonna try and do their upcoming

SpritzSpritz
January 30th 2014


528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules. saw them open for deafheaven with chris common of these arms are snakes playing drums. it was amazing.

Hopelust
January 30th 2014


2737 Comments


This... sounds awesome.

FadedSun
January 30th 2014


1729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band is awesome.



snowbbird
January 31st 2014


213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm glad this finally got reviewed! You did a great job, pos for you. But I'm extremely excited for where Marriages goes next.

parksungjoon
May 28th 2016


5310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love this so much

Dewinged
January 4th 2017


5809 Comments


Love the "Marriages sound", this subtle mix of shoegaze and post rock. Can someone rec me smth similar to this?

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Dewinged
January 4th 2017


5809 Comments


For the record I prefer Salome.

AdolfChrist
January 21st 2017


12259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mmm yeah.

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wwf
January 21st 2017


5570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Id love if ERR would just focus on this band tbh, I personally much prefer it to her solo stuff

AdolfChrist
January 21st 2017


12259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if i had to choose id have her stick with her solo stuff.

Taxt
January 21st 2017


1038 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good thing you dummies don't have to choose and we get both

AdolfChrist
January 21st 2017


12259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rlly??

Dewinged
January 21st 2017


5809 Comments


The more the better



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