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It’s now almost 3 years ago that Marble Sounds decided to go a different musical way and delighted us with the wonderfully beautiful ‘Tautou’. With their latest newborn ‘The Advice to Travel Light’, Pieter Van Dessel and his crew are taking a well-aimed stab at sounding the way a warm, powerful pop album should sound. Of course, without having to compromise on what has now become the quintet’s unmistakable trademark – a healthy dose of melancholy. And they’ve hit the bullseye.
‘The Advice to Travel Light’ is more than ever a return to the roots of Marble Sounds. Introspective guitar songs backed by strings, glockenspiel, drums and keyboards that dwell in an atmosphere of layered “bricolage pop”. Like no other, this album manages to get under your skin. The personal lyrics of ‘Speeches’, written for Van Dessels’ youngest daughter, grab hold of you while the catchy refrain of probable single ‘Anyhow (Even Now)’ resonates and quietly allows you to catch your breath.