Leigh Marble | Peep

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Peep

by Leigh Marble

"A folk-and-run firebrand." - Willamette Week || "Shimmers with compelling acoustic riffs." - Harp Magazine
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. A Rock From The Sky
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2. Killed Instantly
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3. Pale Blue
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4. Long Overdue
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5. Unwound
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6. Parting Shot
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7. Five Years
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8. Focus
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9. Peep
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10. Two Pairs
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11. Airlift
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12. Last Chance
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"A sort of outlaw-folk... Marble's got rhythm, attitude and excellent songwriting." - West Coast Performer

"Every song has a massive hook...Peep is an idiosyncratic delight." - Comes With A Smile

"Don’t listen to Leigh Marble if you’re not going to pay attention. While plenty of folks make perfectly pleasant background music, Marble’s songwriting has a wit and intelligence that deserve more than a cursory listen – there’s a bite behind the bark of his voice and the strum of his guitar." – Barbara Mitchell, Portland Tribune

"Shimmers with compelling acoustic riffs." - Harp Magazine

"A folk-and-run firebrand." - Willamette Week

"In a world where singer/songwriter types are a dime a dozen, this talented chap stands out from the crowd." - Big Takeover

*****

Peep, Marble's long-awaited solo debut CD, reveals a talented young artist grounded in the naked truth of American folk, while pushing the envelope out defiantly in all directions. Songs born of critical thought are buoyed by memorable melodies, then pushed out to sea amongst clouds of subtle fuzz. At turns a gentle crooner and floor-stomping rocker, it's like Beck calling a square dance to a crate of Clash records. Sure, there's the authentic sneer to put the vitriol in your veins, but there's also moments when the pretty polish outshines the dirt.

Peep was forged at Leigh's subterranean sonic workshop, Fishboy Studios. After months of solo production, Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Dolorean, The Standard) stepped in to mix the album, which was then passed to John Fischbach (Stevie Wonder, Circle Jerks) for mastering. From the stark, folk reveille of the opening "A Rock From the Sky," to the sensuous groove of the closer "Last Chance," Peep spans an impressive emotional gamut.

Leaving his native New England in the late 90's, Leigh headed west with a tape in his pocket to join the rich singer-songwriter tapestry of Portland, OR. Soon after arriving, he released a split single with Nettwerk recording artist Erin McKeown, produced by Larry Crane (Elliott Smith, Richmond Fontaine). Crane later helped craft "Buttered For Her Pleasure", an album from Marble's witty hip-hop project, the Buttery Lords, coproduced by Marble.

Leigh Marble's music is like a cross between Tom Waits and Fugazi: rooted in folk forms, yet idiosyncratically smart and sharp. Junkyard Americana, some might call it, with a scrappy sound descended from punk rock minimalism. His live show features propulsive drumming from Jason Russell, supple organ and accordion work from Ben Macy, and Marble's tight rhythms pumped out on an amped-up acoustic guitar.


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Charles Page


In early 2005 I found an American artist on CDBaby and it eventually led to us becoming friends. I was very lucky and fortunate that his wife came to the UK to add to her abundance of degrees at the London School of Economics. We met, not his wife and I, but Gordon Wright of "Fooled by April" and I. It eventually led to a major high for a man of over 60 to promote a gig in his home town of Harrogate Yorkshire. And that's where CDBaby comes in. There is a plethora of taleneted artists on CDBaby but there are only a few who have a real chance of making it very big and Leigh must be one of those few to be in Gordon's company. If Leigh were ever to come to England I would do my best for him. The CD? Absolutely fabulous from the urgency of "A Rock from the Sky" to the sheer beauty of "Last Chance". Every song is a winner. When one thinks that Leigh must have exhausted his song styles, the next song proves otherwise. A VERY MAJOR TALENT, indeed.

Big Takeover

This talented chap stands out from the crowd...
This New England-raised folkie has been playing around the Portland, OR area since the late '90s, so it's no surprise that he sounds so confident on this, his solo debut. Marble's acoustic-based tunes have stomp and swagger, as he emphatically picks at his guitar like an old bluesman, and his vocals are robust and assertive, despite the perceived despondency in his words. But he can also switch gears and turn gentle and soothing when he wants, as on the lovely "Unwound" and "Focus." And Marble's production is flawless, with each instrument (most of which he plays himself) resonating loud and clear, as if he's right in the room with you. In a world where singer/songwriter types are a dime a dozen, this talented chap stands out from the crowd. - Mark Suppanz