Young Marble Giants one and only album, Colossal Youth, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion the Cardiff trio are releasing a special edition reissue. This edition includes the titular album as well as songs from Salad Days, Is The War Over, the "Final Day" single and their Testcard EP alongside a live DVD of their last ever show at Hurrah in New York from 1980.
The band, comprised of, guitarist/songwriter Stuart Moxham, brother and bassist Phillip, and singer Alison Staton, emerged from the punk and post-punk landscape with a sound unique to them. Colossal Youth, which was recorded in only five days, hailed by Kurt Cobain as one of the five most influential records he'd ever heard, went on to influence entire generations of musicians and artists from Sheffield to Seattle.
Cited as one of the most definitive records of the post-punk era, there is something almost canonical about the album's use of voice, muted instruments, and space. The attention to sparse detail we see on Colossal Youth has been adopted by haunted electronica auteurs and spectral singer songwriters alike, but there is only one band to ever sound like Young Marble Giants, and that is Young Marble Giants.
out 04 DECEMBER 202O…
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