Marnie Stern – “Transparency Is The New Mystery

Up at ATP this weekend I found myself DJing for friends and staff in the ‘Gum Suite, spinning this song more than once and answering more than one question about it. And now it is free, for your ad hoc friends and family DJ sets. Marnie Stern, the eponymous, third full-length from one of the Stereogum tag set’s most creative guitarists, is another step toward the directly emotional, inventively song-oriented fare Marnie’s been working out since her debut a few years back. The relatively balladic, heart-wrenching “Transparency Is The New Mystery,” though, is the jam of jams on her third album, which is also her best album. It also highlights the particular dimension Zach Hill’s playing takes when he works with Stern, his beastly, busy kit work sawing off few of its edges, yet entirely at home underpinning this vulnerable confessional of self-doubt, and self-awareness, and self. Take three minutes with it, and repeat:

Marnie Stern – “Transparency Is The New Mystery”

Marnie Stern is out 10/5 via Kill Rock Stars.

10/01 – Portland, OR @ Venue Music Bar & Grill
10/02 – Montreal, Quebec @ Cabaret Du Musee Juste Pour Rire
10/03 – Toronto, Ontario @ Wrongbar
10/04 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
10/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop
11/18 – Nottingham, England @ Bodega
11/19 – Brighton, England @ Audio
11/20 – Bristol, England @ Thekla
11/21 – Sheffield, England @ The Harley
11/22 – Glasgow, Scotland @ The Captain’s Rest
11/23 – Manchester, England @ The Deaf Institute

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