Marigold and Cable marks an indelible new phase in the trajectory of Alex
Cobb's solo recordings and prior missives as Taiga Remains. The album's four
compositions are streamlined and focused, finding a balance between studied
contours and compositional intuition. Shades of early Stars of the Lid and
Kevin Drumm's lambent drones are apt starting points, but Cobb routes them
through a live set up without the aid of loops or synthesizers. Marigold and Cable
is heavy with meaning and intent, but buoyant and almost tender in execution,
allowing filtered harmonies and veiled melodies to waver and sparkle amid
clouded atmospherics. On ''Rain at the Fete,'' Cobb wrings his guitar through
processing that transforms the instrument into shadowy piano notes and smudged
choral works. Later, Maxwell Croy of EN weaves koto lines throughout
''Oversong'' to stunning effect. The album was recorded during late spring in
coastal southern California, in which cool temperatures and overcast skies belie
the region's usual warmth and sunshine. Cobb uses this weather pattern to inform
Marigold and Cable, an album that is perhaps the signal accomplishment in his
lengthy resume. Mastered by James Plotkin, pressed on 180 gram black vinyl,
in a limited edition of 500 copies worldwide.
A1. Famosa (3:38)
A2. Rain at the Fete (12:37)
B1. Oversong (4:53)
B2. Marine Layer (12:14)
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