When posting Marnie Stern’s “Transformer,” I said something about how the way she approaches songwriting feels like she’s stumbling upon something for the first time, blowing her own mind over and over. That “stumble”‘s not meant as a knock — I meant it as a kind of ongoing discovery/rediscovery. See, for instance, “Shea Stadium” (poor Mets), “Ruler,” etc. Or, as she shouts in “Transformer,” “I turn this moment into something new … The ancient echoes crawling out from my insides.” You get a good sense of that shape-shifting in the Dylan Mulick-directed clip for the track, Stern transforming — new wave Marnie, metal Marnie, new age Marnie, and ultimately space age Marnie — while a television changes stations. Each time, seems the shift goes deeper.
Here’s the portable version:
This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That is out 10/7 via Kill Rock Stars.