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Azure Marl Void – Archaic Words – Album Review

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On Archaic Words Azure Marl Void sings softly while walking with an emotional shtick. The 13-track LP was released on June 7 by the eclectic Texas folk singer and it demonstrates the true power a singer songwriter can release. Azure Marl Void is credited with production as well as guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, synth and percussion. Some times feeling like a soft-spoken take on The National and others a heavy-hearted Blind Pilot, Archaic Words is an experience for sure.

Constantly demonstrating a highly dynamic vocal range in songs like “Millstone About My Neck” Azure Marl Void expertly navigates from falsetto to poetic rapping. The experimental feel prevails on “The Fox And The Hound” with some effects and a vocal sample mixed into an organic acoustic tune. Video single “Church Hall” is a somber track beginning with a quiet verse followed by a nostalgic guitar riff; “We wake up in the morning to heavy sin/ We take for granted everything/ No matter how many miracles we see/ I’m never humble enough to feel any different.”

The final track “Parasuicide” ends it all with a heartfelt, melancholic tune that feels universally relatable. Azure Marl Void’s Archaic Words takes it’s time to tell a story, and it keeps you sentimentally occupied the entire way through.

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