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Marnie Stern – This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That (2009)

March 2, 2009

Wow Marnie Stern, where have you been all my life?

This woman plays guitar like she is on fire. This Is It… is an album which is not afraid. It pushes rhythmic boundaries to a full on extent – syncopation is on overload here on nearly every song. It’s done at a level that I think it wouldn’t be odd to say that the sounds here emulate those of The Mars Volta with a three piece and a female Omar L. Rodriguez directing things.

From the minimal punkesque “Prime” to the manic “Steely”, this album explores a lot rhythm time signatures and very uncharacteristic melody forms. I love how it’s so difficult to just listen to this and try to imagine what new ideas should come next. It is very much evident on tracks like “Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads” that speed up, speed down, has tons of “Ooh Ahhss” and changes direction so much that it makes you feel like slapping yourself to figure out how the song started.

Yes it’s mathy, it’s dramtically over melodic, it crams more ideas into forty minutes than most releases that are much longer, which could be a small downfall in a way. Sometimes I just wanted the album to calm down a bit. Nevertheless – it’s a blasting album which should be taken with sedatives nearby.

Marnie Stern myspace
Marnie Stern – Transformer (from This Is It…) (mp3)

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