Marriages is a heavy rock band formed by Emma Ruth Rundle and Gregory Burns, formerly of post-rock outfit Sparowes. They released their first project, an EP entitled Kitsune, in 2012. This year marks the release of the emotional full-length, Salomé, Marriages’ true debut.
It’s a record that fits no proper description; ranging in style from gothic cathedral sounds to not-exactly-metal to shoegaze and riff-laden post-rock. Emma Ruth Rundle’s lithe voice haunts the album’s entirety, displaying a powerful vulnerability and fatal edge akin to the title character. The three-piece functions as a single unit emitting a wall of sound. Each player has carved out clear roles and execute a depth and dynamic far beyond a usual three-piece.
Salomé is masterfully woven together, taking on countless tracklist incarnations before reaching its most potent arrangement. This patience and attention to detail is clear throughout; the album art, track titles and promotion follow a thematic through line designed by its creators. It’s an inspirational record for any musician who desires to define their tone. Watch Marriages performing a few of their new tracks here on Audiotree Live.
Emma Ruth Rundle – Vocals and Guitar
Gregory Burns – Bass and Keys
Andrew Clinco – Drums
released August 4, 2015
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