Out on November 27th via the ever brilliant Domino Recordings Is the 40th anniversary edition of Young Marble Giant’s one and only album Colossal Youth. The Cardiff trio, guitarist-songwriter Stuart Moxham, brother and bassist Philip, and singer Alison Statton, have curated a package that includes the album, as well as songs from Salad Days, Is The War Over, the “Final Day” single and their Testcard EP as well a live DVD of their last ever US show at Hurrah in New York in 1980.
Recorded in five days, Colossal Youth went on to influence whole legions from Sheffield to Seattle, looking to de-grungify gangs of four or more. They found fans in the likes of Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Belle & Sebastian, David Byrne, Sonic Youth, The Magnetic Fields.
Cited as one of the most definitive records of the post-punk era, there is something almost canonical about the album’s use of voice, muted instruments and space. 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.
Here’s a little treat ahead of the release with a live version of Final Day taken from the forthcoming DVD.
Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth 40th Anniversary Edition is available to pre-order on Dom Mart deluxe vinyl (2x Transparent vinyl, DVD, 4-page booklet and exclusive 28-page booklet), standard vinyl (2x Black vinyl, DVD, 4-page booklet) and CD (2x CD, DVD, 16-page booklet). Pre-order: Dom Mart