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Wild Yams (2006)

Artist: Marbel Valley
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Format: CD
Sku: 202788220
UPC: 880918079424
UPC 14: 00880918079424
Release Date: 7/11/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Whiskey ~ Marble Valley
2. Rocket Ship ~ Marble Valley
3. I Could Drink An Ocean ~ Marble Valley
4. Computer Man ~ Marble Valley
5. Diary Of A Stone Mason ~ Marble Valley
6. Fag & Ah Light ~ Marble Valley
7. Chant ~ Marble Valley
8. Desert - (live) ~ Marble Valley
9. Dirty ~ Marble Valley
10. Eric The Viking ~ Marble Valley
11. Sunshine Rayland ~ Marble Valley
12. Another Round ~ Marble Valley
13. Wild Yams ~ Marble Valley

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Marble Valley: Steve West (vocals); James Waudby (guitar); Carl Hogarth (keyboards, synthesizer); Beige (bass guitar); Andy Dimmack (drums); Remko Schouten.
Muze PNote Personnel: Remko Schouten (synthesizer).
Muze PNote Recording information: Ijland Studio, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; New Adelphi, Hull, England; Sauceland Studio, Lexington, VA.
Muze PNote Despite the relatively pristine nature of the title of former Pavement drummer Steve West's third solo album (he performs using the band name Marble Valley), Wild Yams is urban-influenced indie rock with more to do with industry than agriculture or nature. It's almost as if West and co. decided to spend some time in Detroit (as well as with a few of their favorite prog rock tracks) before sitting down to record. And what results, even with the variety of genres explored on Wild Yams -- from Krautrock to synth pop to post-punk -- is something that seems very cohesive and whole. Perhaps this is because the production is so similar throughout the entire album: the same slightly gritty guitars and vocals with occasional electronic interruptions that spread a layer of grime, like what's found on cars parked near factories, across the face of every song. It's all very dirty musically (which makes the track of the same name, with West's gruff singing and computerized-sounding female background vocals, a particularly appropriate inclusion), so even though the lyrics tend to wander haphazardly around from subject to subject (the only word that can be used to describe the transition from "Diary of a Stone Mason," which ends with "And I'll always be alone" to the quirky and heavenly "Fag & Ah Light," whose bridge contains the lines "Everybody's drinking because no one has to drive/That's always a problem when you're alive"), there an elemental consistency from track to track that makes Wild Yams very palatable. And it doesn't hurt that Marble Valley know how to have a little fun, too, frequently breaking it down in that white-boy-soul kind of way, with bluesy chords and a trying-to-be funky bass. It's not a perfect record, but it's catchy, kind of strange, and most importantly, dirty, all of which makes it a pretty good listen. ~ Marisa Brown

Engineer: Ray Furze

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/11/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : MARBLE 01
Music Label Name Label : Indikator Rekords
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : DDD
Music UPC UPC : 00880918079424

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Marbel Valley
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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