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“Norwegian outfit Maribel could soundtrack the most hallucinogenic dream or hellish nightmare at the flick of a switch.” DrownedinSound.

For Fans of: Jesus and Mary Chain, The Raveonettes, My Bloody Valentine, Henry Mancini. Critically acclaimed Oslo four-piece Maribel have resurfaced with the release of second album ‘Reveries’ on Oslo-based label Splendour (of Montreal, Casiokids, Siinai).

Blending shoegaze and dream-pop with cinematic influences, Maribel create dark, distorted pop. The tracks are guided by the breathy siren call 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 The Raveonettes.

Pål Espen references less obvious influences beyond early 4AD records; “If you listen closely there’s a lot of jazz inspiration on this album. I’ve been listening a lot to the classics: Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Astrud Gilberto etc. It’s not like it sounds exactly like that, but I tried hard to create a similar kind of mood that those great singers did… Rebekka [Markstein] has kind of a jazzy touch to her voice and it fit perfectly to the mood I wanted to create. Aesthetically speaking it doesn’t hurt that she looks like a French movie star from the 60s. She completed the album in many ways.” On the back of their debut album “Aesthetics” (produced by Serena-Maneesh frontman Emil Nikolaisen) the band received high praise from the Norwegian press and earned critical plaudits 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 Stensli (Harrys Gym) on percussion.


TRACK LISTING

1. Falling Down The Stairs
2. Jezebel Jive
3. Meow!
4. You Bring The Sadness
5. Pretty Nights
6. Perfumed
7. Slumber Street
8. Devil's Sigh
9. The Thief

Critically acclaimed Oslo four-piece Maribel have resurfaced recently by announcing their second album Reveries this January on Oslo based label Splendour (120 Days, His Clancyness, Siinai). Blending shoegaze and dream-pop with cinematic influences Maribel create dark, distorted throwback pop. The tracks are guided by the breathy siren call 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 the Raveonettes.

‘Jezebel Jive’ is the band’s first single from their forthcoming debut LP “Reveries”. For their follow-up, they chose to co-produce the record with Bjarne Stensil (Harrys Gym) and received help from Emil Nikolaisen of Serena-Maneesh on synth and string arrangements, Nicolai Hængsle Eilertsen of Big Bang on organ and Stensil himself on percussion and drum programming. 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 into the way of what came to be an intense, feedback-laden sonic experience hinting at a very exciting follow-up. Looking forward to it.”

“Maribel’s ’Jezebel Jive’ is one of the finds of the year.” – Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins).



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