Leigh Marble
Where the Knives Meet Between the Rows

Year: 2012
Label: Laughing Stock Records
Genre: Folk/Americana
Location: Portland, OR
Website: leighmarble.com
83 Music Review: Where the Knives Meet Between the Rows by Leigh Marble

If you’re tired of choking on homogenized music that requires extreme discernment to identify nuance driven differences, a breath of fresh air awaits on Portland troubadour Leigh Marble’s new release, Where the Knives Meet between the Rows. In different stages of production for the last couple of years, Where the Knives Meet, blatantly uses different musical styles not only from song to song, but also within each song. Genres cleanly maintain their identity on every track resulting in a chunky album and since life isn’t always a smooth ride… chunky is actually brilliant. The air is immediately cleared and the stage is set with the record’s opening track, “Walk”; an emotional declaration that flirts with jazz and pounds out its message on top of a deep folk foundation. As the rest of the album unfolds, twisted among it are some seriously honest moments best described as dark and poetic Americana. Songs like “Goodnight”, “Evil”, and “Nail” are meaty displays of Marble’s heart each utilizing a different style of percussion to set their moods. The album’s seventh track “Pony” turns up the tempo with a very interesting story about unconventional disappointment. Where the Knives Meet, is an album that deals with topics that keep most of us up at night and while the appearance of jazz, blues, folk, and Americana are certainly a big part of why the record is so easy to listen to, it’s the raw literature of the album that will likely draw people in.

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