It’s now almost 3 years ago that Marble Sounds decided to go a different musical way and delighted us with the wonderfully beautiful ‘Tautou’. With their latest newborn ‘The Advice to Travel Light’, Pieter Van Dessel and his crew are taking a well-aimed stab at sounding the way a warm, powerful pop album should sound. Of course, without having to compromise on what has now become the quintet’s unmistakable trademark – a healthy dose of melancholy. And they’ve hit the bullseye.
The inspiration for ‘The Advice to Travel Light’, a metaphor for travelling with only a few pieces of luggage, came from Van Dessel’s two-year stay in Canada. “Moving with only a few items creates a feeling of liberation, almost non attachment. You learn to live without the excess burden, both literally and figuratively, and that brings out your inner optimist. Don’t carry too much in your proverbial backpack, because that also means there’s not much holding you back. I needed to put that feeling into the album,” says the frontman. And that train of thought seamlessly connects the beginning (the title track) and the end (‘One Last Regret’).