Young Marble Giants | REWIG32 | Released: 08/07/07
In their short lifetime Young Marble Giants: Alison Statton and brothers Stuart and Phil Moxham released one album, a handful of singles and a Peel Session; the album, 1980's acclaimed Colossal Youth, is one of the most definitive records of the post punk era. Taking the unprecedented step of making their first ever release a long player certainly paid off. Colossal Youth became a parallel soundtrack to the unsteady stabs of the post punk early eighties, and quickly became one of (the then nascent) Rough Trade Records best sellers. Becalmed, resigned and a little tense, it created a new vocabulary for song.
Since its release the sound of Colossal Youth has seeped into the vocabulary of personal music. Young Marble Giants made the abstract immediate and the introspective warm and natural. Their influence filters through every generation from Nirvana to Belle & Sebastian, and there is something almost canonical about the album's use of voice, muted instruments and space. Their tracks have been covered by Belle & Sebastian and Courtney Love's Hole; Colossal Youth's attention to sparse detail is now a modus operandi for haunted electronica auteurs and spectral singer-songwriters alike, but ultimately, only the Young Marble Giants sound like Young Marble Giants.
On 2 July 2007 Domino are proud to rerelease Colossal Youth and the Collected Works of Young Marble Giants, drawing together the band's album and singles for the first time ever on a CD set. Including a 32 page booklet, the limited edition initial pressings of the set will also include a third disc, which features 6 tracks the band recorded for John Peel in 1980, making it a complete package of Young Marble Giant's recorded tracks.