Members of the species singerus songwritercus are in little danger of extinction. They are as common as laptops in a coffee shop and can be hard to tell apart. But occasionally, one like Portland, Ore.-based Leigh Marble stands out enough from the crowd to be noticed.
Marble recently released his sophomore effort, Red Tornado. Owning his own studio, Marble is usually at the helm. He writes, sings, plays guitar, produces and engineers. This time, he stepped beyond his comfort zone, recording drums and piano at Portland's Magic Closet. The result was not only a different album but a different experience.
"It was the first time in years I worked outside of my home studio," Marble wrote in his bio. "I could concentrate on getting the best performances out of the band, rather than having my head in a technical mindset, moving mics, watching levels, etc." He invited more people into the process as well, confidently adding more layers to the music.
Red Tornado contains few sonic surprises. "Get Yours," a song about retribution for rape, sounds like a country revenge anthem and a special effects thunder sound makes it downright creepy. "The Big Words" lightly bounces on squeaky strummed guitar notes until a few bars in, when the whole song sounds like it's been pushed underwater.
Marble's sophomore release is a little raw, but it seems that's how he meant it to be. "I was willing to lay some stuff down, like a rock record," Marble wrote, "and not mess with it by polishing it. I left the rough edges in this time."
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