out now: Marsheaux – A Broken Frame [Undo Records]February 10, 2015
A Broken Frame
January 2015 (digital)
March 2015 (physical)
CD, vinyl & digital
Leave In Silence
My Secret Garden
Nothing To Fear
The Meaning Of Love
A Photograph Of You
Shouldn’t Have Done That
The Sun And The Rainfall
Two years after their fourth album ‘Inhale’, Marianthi Melitsi and Sophie Sarigiannidou, the Greek electro pop duo who areMarsheaux,have covered Depeche Mode’s second ever album release in full as a tribute to one of the most influential groups of modern pop music.
“‘A Broken Frame’ is undoubtedly a mythical album that stands as a tremendous challenge to darecover it in full.”the girls said,“In our minds ‘A Broken Frame’ is the most underestimated Depeche Mode album,it needs to find its fair place in the course of Depeche Mode’s career. When we started recordingthe first demos many said that the whole idea wasn’t good at all but we had faith in it and treated itwith love and respect. We know that it sounds strange to listen to ‘Leave In Silence’ or ‘My SecretGarden’ with female vocals. Even we feel surprised! But we hope that we give a whole new dimension to it. And we hope that you’ll love it as we did love it during the recording process.”
Within the two years of their ‘Inhale’ release, the girls entered the studio and started working on new ideas of songs, as well as performing live in Greece and the UK.But they reached the point they felt they had to pay tribute to one of the albums that gave shape to their music identity.
Depeche Mode’s ‘A Broken Frame’ was released in September 1982 and signaled the start of Martin Gore’s songwriting duties after Vince Clarke’s departure from the group. For this exact reason, ‘A Broken Frame’ is widely considered, their ‘first’ original, though it was released just one year after their official debut album ‘Speak And Spell’, an album that carried the songwriting seal of Vince Clarke who left the group to form Yazoo with Alison Moyet. Three singles were released from‘A Broken Frame’prior to the album release – ‘See You’ (January 1982), ‘Meaning Of Love’ (April 1982) and‘Leave In Silence’ (August 1982).
Marsheaux stand gracefully to the performing demands of the songs with a reflective sense when they sing for love’s calls (‘See You’, ‘Meaning Of Love’) as well as with a respect that the darker tracks need when dealing with loss and betrayal (‘Leave In Silence’, ‘My Secret Garden’). They also highlight with a fresh, modern production approach on masterpieces such as ‘Satellite’, ‘Monument’ and even the new romantic instrumental ‘Nothing To Fear’.
An added value comes to prominence with the parallels of the styles between the two cover sleeves of the two albums. With the marvellous photo by Brian Griffin and the artwork of Martyn Atkins, the style legacy of Depeche Mode’s ‘A Broken Frame’has been huge as it was voted as one of the best cover sleeves of the 80s. Griffin was heavily influenced back then by socialisticonography (the Reaper painting of KazimirMalevich, to be precise) and put forth the era’s spirit with awe and colourful vitality. Today, Marsheaux’s cover sleeve depicts the Marianthi and Sophiestaring at the wide sea, instead of reaping in the wheat field. The common code: the original lettering of the album’s title that Ching Ching Lee designed.
‘A Broken Frame’ lands in 2015 again with total grace and a haunting atmosphere that refresh its long lasting myth. The Marsheaux girls patch together again the fragments of ‘A Broken Frame’.
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