Black Marble even sounds cold. The Hardly Art band readies another LP, A Different Arrangement, of the icy pop that made them suitably famous, albeit in small circles, on debut, Weight Against The Door. Like first glimmer of a Chemical Brothers idea that got stopped at the door of the party and turned out into the night, "A Great Design" wanders through rich keyboard-scapes, shaping little hints of warmth and lightness at the edges. The architecture relies - flat out - on a sub-zero gloss, a chemical bond phase-change where the structure only holds together below a certain temperature. This is load-bearing cold. The lyrics mention, "changing your mind" and "running out of time", but the landscape is broken obsidian and the clock is frozen to the wall.
Listen :: Black Marble - "A Great Design"