Marian Hill Makes Their First Appearance In Nearly Two Years With 'Subtle Thing'
    • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2018

    • Posted by: Chris Deverell


    After the release of their debut album Act One in 2016, synth-pop duo Marian Hill went off the radar for the better part of two years, besides a few shows, with nary a word as to what they were up to. However, they've reemerged today with the release of their first single in a hot minute, titled "Subtle Thing".

    "Subtle Thing" comes hot on the heels of the release of the soundtrack for Fifty Shades Freed, which vocalist Samantha Gongol contributed to with tracks such as "Ta Meilleure Ennemie" and "Pearls". Unsurprisingly, "Subtle Thing" shares a couple of common threads with the two soundtrack songs, though it's still decisively its own song thanks to Jeremy Lloyd's productions. Opening with a variety of literal bells and whistles and clicks for sound effect, "Subtle Thing" quickly switches tempo to a chill yet well-paced drum and bass track that carries throughout the song, yet is interspersed with the aforementioned bells, whistles and synth oddities that lend it its eclectic personality.

    A comparison to Portishead is quickly apparent, and Gongol channels a bit of Beth Gibbons in verses that are as subtle as the song the suggests, yet loaded with understated power and provocativeness. "Subtle Thing" is low-key, yes, but it's also a sophisticated comeback piece for the duo, and hopefully a sign of more to come.

    Also watch our Bands + Brews session with the group:

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