Black Marble Announces New Album Fast Idol

Black Marble announces new album
Black Marble photo by Ashley Leahy

Black Marble aka Chris Stewart has announced his new full-length Fast Idol, due out October 22, 2021 via Sacred Bones Records. Fast Idol follows last year’s cover of Mariah Carey’s beloved 1994 classic, All I Want For Christmas Is You” and the EP of covers, I Must Be Living Twice, which was recorded shortly after 2019’s full-length album Bigger Than Life.

Chris Stewart on Somewhere:

‘Somewhere’ describes a place just out of reach that serves as a diversion and takes focus away from the ambiguities of daily life.  It represents a place of disinhibition where if it could only be remembered, or found, the people we aim to be could for a moment be fully realized.  Although its dreamlike clarity and feeling of connection may seem like an empty promise, it serves as an aspirational reminder for what might be. 

I was so happy to work with director Theo Six for our third video together. Brought to life in the shadows of the towers of the Parisian suburbs, I love that Theo always seems to return to the themes of searching and wishing in his work.  I think that the idea of an artist, or anyone really, as a fully formed entity interacting with the world is rather strange. Although there can be pressure to come across this way, I think it’s more interesting and realistic to admit to the idea that most of us struggle to live up to some idealized projection of who we want to be.  In this way, I’ve always appreciated how Theo imbues these little worlds he creates with feelings of desire for this sort of transcendence, and I always trust that I’ll relate to the way he sees things.”

Fast Idol is Stewart’s fourth full-length album and his second for Sacred Bones. His previous album Bigger than Life was written in the face of cultural shifts in the U.S. In experiencing these he realised he was not keyed into certain negative sentiments that were bubbling below the surface, which were breaking out into the open. “I chose to try and take the approach of a soothsayer writing from a macro level, trying to find strands of connection between us because it didn’t feel appropriate to create something self referential and gloomy at the time,” he says.

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Fast Idol
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Black Marble Tour Dates

10/23 – Bournemouth, ENG – Anvil
10/24 – Cardiff, WAL – Club Ifor Bach
10/25 – Milton Keynes, ENG – Craufurd Arms
10/26 – Hull, ENG – The Adelphi
10/27 – Edinburgh, SCT – Mash House
10/28-  Glasgow, SCT – Stereo
10/29-  Dundee, SCT – Hunter S Thompson
10/31 – Newcastle, ENG – Anarchy Brewing Company
11/01 – Chester, ENG – Live Rooms
11/02 – Oxford, ENG – O2 Academy
11/03 – St. Albans, ENG – The Horn
11/05 – Bath, ENG – Moles
11/06 – London, ENG – Moth Club
11/07 – Hebden Bridge, ENG – Trades Club
11/08 – Blackpool, ENG – Bootleg Social
11/09 – Liverpool, ENG – EBGB’s
11/06 – London, UK – Moth Club
11/12 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/13 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
11/16 – Denver, CO – HQ.
11/18 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
11/19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater

Pre-order Fast Idol by Black Marble HERE.