Listen now: Marnie Stern's new song "For Ash"
Thu Jul 22 2010
"With this new material, I'm always paranoid that it's wimpy or dull," Upper East Side guitar heroine Marnie Stern said about her forthcoming self-titled album last month, when we sat down with her at Mustang Grill, a local favorite. "The vocals are very prominent in the mix; they have a lot of reverb, and to me it sounds like Bette Midler because I'm not used to it." Judging by her just-released tour de force single, "For Ash," it's difficult to see where Stern's paranoia comes from. As usual, Stern experiments with manically sped-up layers of guitar set against vocal shrieks and chants, but there's a new focus on stop-start dynamics. Download the spiraling epic track here, and read our full interview with Stern here.