As New York's Black Marble gears up for the release of new album,Bigger Than Life, the eclectic artist has dropped a new single in the form of the pulsating-ly fun "Private Show."
A melodic '80s synth influenced foot-tapper with a slick bassline and additional guitar work from Emily Edrosa, this is a gorgeous synth-pop tune. Speaking on the track and the accompanying video show at a rodeo, Black Marble mastermind Chris Stewart had this to say:
'Private Show' strongly reflects the themes of solitude vs. community and counterbalancing the desire for personal recognition against the feelings of safety and anonymity derived from surrendering to something bigger than oneself. The characters of “Private Show” all have a choice to make, whether to be fully themselves at the expense of their community or seek the embrace of the group at the expense of their agency. In the end the narrator feels destined for the path of solitude yet makes an effort to find another kindred spirit for the journey.
This is the first film clip Stewart has actually appeared in, with director Ben Joyner explaining the concept behind the video:
For 'Private Show', I really wanted to create something that felt alive and spontaneous. The track had this immense emotional weight to it, but also felt really fun. The goal was to craft something that reflected that feeling. The concept was born out of my personal relationship with an event in Mississippi called the Neshoba County Fair. It’s the nation’s largest campground fair, an abandoned southern shantytown that comes to life for one week every year at the end of July. It’s a wild and beautiful place that feels almost frozen in time. And while it’s really unique and special, it also carries some historical tension that is palpable. The music provided a rich emotional landscape to explore the place and the people that inhabit it. I loved the idea of bringing Black Marble to the fair and sort of dropping him into the middle of the spectacle.
This is another strong release from Stewart and I can't wait to hear Bigger Than Life when it drops October 25.