Having wisely decided to consign My Little Pony (the band's previous name) to room 101 following the departure of guitarist Simen Herning, the re-invented quartet that represent Making Marks have released their 'debut' album 'A Thousand Half-Truths'. The Norwegian foursome, named after MLP's second album, of Ola, Marie, Nina and Jorgen make light and breezy pop songs full of delightful melodies and rich harmonies. The close male/female vocal harmonies are beautifully balanced throughout the album as tales of long distance love, longing and the curiosities of life are imparted often with a wry twist or slightly cynical take. Ola says, "I think we've finally found a way to marry our folky twang with our more upbeat poppiness. You'll find the folk bits in our vocals and some of the guitar parts, while the rest of the soundscape is very pop oriented."
The jangly guitar pop played out through the unreciprocated intimacy of 'Bruises', and then 'Barcodes', sets the album off to a great start as we are transported through Oslo in search, or in trepidation, of love. The latter's keyboard flourish nicely lifts the song towards the end before 'Uten En Trad', the only vocal on the album sung in the band's native Norwegian. 'Forgive And Forget' follows, picking up the beat and providing a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. The track is infused with a distinctive Rembrandts' 'Friends' theme and even borrows the guitar riff as it bounces along.
The absurdities of spin classes are captured brilliantly on 'Like Spinning', where the pace slows to very effectively showcase the well-paired vocal harmonisation, akin here to New Yorkers Girlyman. 'Lemon Sheets' lightens the mood with a lovely light love song tinged with regret and apology, but with a very pleasant air and nicely phrased lyrical quality: "Come and see me, I'm not so far away, just a bus and a train and a plane and another train from Harringay."
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Norwegian quartet Making Marks are making strides in their musical escapades as they gear up to unveil their debut album.
Making Marks is set to bring a lot of new surprises beginning with debut album 'A Thousand Half-Truths'.
Having met in 2007, keyboardist/vocalist Nina Bø, guitarist/vocalist Ola Innset, bassist Marie Sneve and drummer Jørgen Nordby set up My Little Pony and subsequently released two studio albums while making quite a splash during their US and Europe touring. Despite that project going 'downhill', they have no regrets about their first musical ventures and even named themselves after their last My Little Pony album when they re-connected a second time in 2012. The Oslo band have marked their re-arrival with plenty of international touring, released three singles so far and are now about to unleash their debut album 'A Thousand Half-Truths'.
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Norwegian band Making Marks took time out for an interview with us at their Oslo recording studio Six Foot Over. Keyboardist/vocalist Nina Bø, guitarist/vocalist Ola Innset, bassist Marie Sneve and drummer Jørgen Nordby talk about their influences, touring plans and their new album as they happily reunite after some time apart from each other.
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