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Maribel (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 9:30pm - 10:00pm @ Revolver
    Critically acclaimed Oslo four-piece Maribel have resurfaced with the announcement of their second album “Reveries”, forthcoming this January on Oslo based label Splendour (of Montreal, Harrys Gym, Siinai). Blending shoegaze and noise-pop with cinematic influences Maribel create heavy, dark, distorted pop. The tracks are guided by the breathy and enchanting vocals of their newly added East-German lead singer Rebekka Marstein. As female vocals intertwine with those of songwriter/ lead guitarist Pål Espen Kapelrud, one is likely to recall the oft-referenced My Bloody Valentine or Jesus and Mary Chain. On the back of their debut album “Aestheircs” (produced by Serena-Maneesh frontman Emil Nikolaisen) the band earned high praise form the Norwegian press and international recognition from the likes of Drowned in Sound (UK), Soundvenue (DK) and GAFFA (DK) amongst others. It also saw Maribel implode, break-up and then reform with a new line-up including Pica Pica’s Rebekka Markstein on vocals and Bjarne Stensil (Harrys Gym) on percussion. Maribel has toured in Scandinavia and the UK, including a warming up for Crystal Stilts and Interpol. In addition Maribel managed to captivate audiences at festivals such as Øya, Hove, SPOT, by:Larm and many others. Of their set at SPOT in 2010 Clash Magazine said, “Obvious influences from My Bloody Valentine, Lush and Slowdive (isn’t referencing to those bands the whole point anyway?) didn’t get in the way of what came to be an intense, feedback-laden sonic experience hinting at a very exciting follow-up. Looking forward to it.” The band is known for noisy and chaotic pop with sugar sweet melodies that are often compared to the aforementioned My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins or fellow Oslo shoegazers Serena Maneesh. However, since reforming Maribel sites their most important influences as film scores by like John Barry, John Dankworth, Henry Mancini and Ennio Morricone. Darker and heavier sound are accompanied by programmed percussion that is apparently influenced by hip-hop style sampling and looping. With a new record ready for release and a new line-up, Maribel is ready to start to get re-acquainted with dark bar-rooms across the world. “Norwegian outfit Maribel could soundtrack the most hallucinogenic dream or hellish nightmare at the flick of a switch.” – DrownedinSound “In half an hour Maribel succeeds in taking you on a dizzying journey, recalling what is so great about the bands they reference.” – Soundvenue “By combining dirty American style rock and more polite British noise-pop they create something that is simultaneously new and known.” – Dagsavisen
    Type Live

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