Marietta - As It Were NMR009


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Vinyl is being co-released by Sorry Girls Records and Dog Knights Productions in the UK. Check out these great labels and buy their copies as well!

To claim something is “as it were” is to compare it to another existing thing and conclude that the pair is in close, but not identical, quarters. For Philadelphia's Marietta, their sophomore LP As It Were contains the same caffeinated, whirled instrumentals hardwired in its predecessor: the sprawling, affected Summer Death. Whereas that debut record's title boasted some self-awareness towards both this emo outfit's heated lyrical themes and the sweat-soaked affairs of a DIY band locked into work schedules and house show circuits, its follow-up offers a different hiding place for tongue-in-cheek referentiality.

As a chapter of Marietta mythology, it continues the battles between “man vs. world” and “man vs. self” which seem to take place in adjacent rings. On “Are You Afraid of God? No, But I'm Afraid of You,” the story of the band's fixation on one Old Joe continues, painting a portrait of a man circling through a damaged Essex County over syrupy bass and equally slippery guitar tracks which seem to evaporate and split at their vertex points. This stab at downcast doxology continues on the stripped-bare “Ilai, Eli, a Lie,” where hushed vocals barely rise above harmonized whimpers, perhaps not to shake the notion of “No God in New Jersey,” which makes an appearance next in the LP's sub-forty minute running time.

However, Marietta isn't obsessed with a higher power, as it were, but rather, the intersection between searching for a solid ground and realizing where that foundation came from. But as is confessed on album closer “Brains,” again featuring a naked, lo-fi approach, “these tiny feelings have me up at night for nothing.” Maybe there isn't a major, earth-shifting difference in discovering yourself and discovering something else, after all. But, at least for Marietta, much can be said in those little earthquakes when they do arise, musically or otherwise.

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Tracks

  1. Pony Up!!
  2. Beater
  3. Horse Tattoo
  4. Are You Afraid of God! No, But I'm Afraid of You
  5. 5 Minute Raw Vegan (Are You Fucking Around)
  6. Ilai, Eli, A Lie
  7. No God In New Jersey
  8. United Away
  9. Destination Unknown (Reprise)
  10. Hawaii 5-0 Noseblunt
  11. Brains
Pressing Information

Cassette
24 Clear w/ Black Liner w/ White Ink
31 Yellow Tint w/ White Ink
27 Black w/ Metallic Gold Ink (Marietta Exclusive)

Vinyl
100 Clear w/ Orange and Yellow Splatter (Near Mint Exclusive)
100 Orange/Yellow Split (Dog Knights Productions/UK Exclusive)
300 Black (Sorry Girls Records/Band Exclusive)