Portland experimental duo Muscle and Marrow have premiered a new track from their upcoming sophomore album, Love, at Brooklyn Vegan. Titled “Black Hole”, the sprawling track begins with swelling mantra-like electronics before exploding into highly textural doom and gloom. Vocalist/guitarist Kira Clark’s soaring vocals give the thick track an even greater emotional punch. Clark had the following to say regarding the track:
“Black Hole explores the tension between the idea that my aloneness, which I so often feel, is my truest and best form, and the idea that my aloneness indicates some sort of core flaw and sadness that will always haunt me. Does strength pour from my holes (holes being a metaphor for pain, a Courtney Love reference, and maybe a little intentionally sexual and strange) or do I live in a black hole? The song also references my mother who I for so long thought of as someone who is sad but the narrative that I find also true these days, for both of us, is one of strength. However, “the flapping wing keeps following” is a reference to great pain. Flapping wing is a term used in Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace that I was slogging through when I wrote the song. It’s a crushing passage of the book and I so often feel caught between sadness and strength. The song is about trying to exist in both of those spaces.
This is our favorite song on the record because we think it indicates the most strongly the direction we’re headed. We added drums and guitar last and focused instead on electronic elements and vocals first. It felt very freeing to be able to have such a clean pallet to work with while first constructing the song.”
Check out the track here.
Love will be released on May 27 via The Flenser. Pre-order here.