“About three years ago we started playing cover songs on stage, and a couple of unforseen things started happening," says Black Marble's Chris Stewart. "First off, people would ask me - not knowing it was a cover - when the new songs they heard were coming out on an upcoming Black Marble LP. Sadly, I’d have to tell them that a) I didn’t write the song, and b) me playing this new material was not evidence of the impending new release they were hoping for. The other thing that would sometimes happen is people would come up to me who already knew the songs I was playing. These people were stoked to hear an old favorite worked into our set, but again they would often wonder if they could ever hear them outside of the live setting."
Now they can, as Black Marble releases I Must Be Living Twice, an all covers EP, this Friday via Sacred Bones that has him bringing his minimal wave synthpop style to songs by Robert Palmer, Wire, Grouper, The Field Mice, and Lives of Angels. You can stream "Johnny & Mary" (Robert Palmer) and "In Manchester" (Wire) from the EP below.