Swedish singer Marie Glad captures the essence of ‘Broken English’, Marianne Faithful’s ground breaking 1979 album: Icy cold synths and angular New Wave topped off with well-worn vocals.
Marie sounds like she’s singing her heart out in the basement of long gone Matrix Studios in West London. The time warp is perfect right down to the crisp, larger than life drum sound. Yet this music was proudly made in Stockholm and it is no mere New Wave revival thing but a full blown collection of love songs ranging from vampy to delicate that puts its own stamp on that classic ‘79 sound.
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‘Bedroom Stories’ is a trilogy on love sung from three different perspectives. Part one has Marie sing about loving ‘him’, part two is about receiving love to ‘her’ in return and part three of the trilogy is about loving ‘oneself’. Part one was released at the end of 2010 and the two remaining parts will follow later this year.
Each part of the ‘Bedroom Stories’ trilogy contains three songs recorded by Marie in collaboration with other artists, such as Irish producer and songwriter Oisin Lunny who previously worked with U2, Sinead O’Connor and US Hip Hop legends Gangstarr. The collaborative approach brings a nice mix of styles within the central theme to the album. Just like ‘Broken English’ orbited loosely around the New Wave theme, ‘Bedroom Stories’ circles around an 80’s sound collage from Disco to Electro and Pop. In Marie’s hands, they sound as fresh and futuristic as 30 years ago.
Part one of ‘Bedroom Stories’ contains the songs ‘Loverboy’, ‘Stay’ and ‘Butterfly’. Check out the video for the ambient pop of ‘Butterfly’ above or download the Balearic flavoured ‘Loverboy’ below.
Marie Glad - ‘Loverboy’