N/ILL – Black Marble Carapace By Jarod Lawley

Album Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Self-Released
Released: 2014
Buy Album [URL]: https://nillisthenewblack.bandcamp.com
Band Website:
https://nillisthenewblack.bandcamp.com https://www.facebook.com/Nillisthenewblack

nillBand line-up:

George Pemberton


01: Filter (In)
02: Hader
03: Zero Point
04: Sedative
05: L’usine
06: Enstrangement
07: The Lumineer


From a 22 year old bedroom musician, this EP titled Black Marble Carapace is certainly an impressive feat. Released by the name N/ill (pronounced Nill), these seven tracks encompass a variety of style and genres, from dark space to romantic, and from goth rock to dark ambient. Released independently and without any label support, George Pemberton stands on his own two feet here, as strongly as his music sticks out from the flock.

Although opening with the heavily electronic introduction, “Filter”, things really get started with the spacious and minimalist act of melancholy that is track two, “Harder”. The crushing dark atmosphere is reminiscent of Pornography era The Cure, whilst the heavy electronic emphasis points towards much more modern influences. With the chorus heavy bass line that opens “Zero Point” and the track’s thick, low and delicate vocal delivery, the influence of Ian Curtis is clear.

The eerie female vocals that haunt “L’usine” reflect the sounds of Visage, but this glamorous feel is heavily contrasted by industrial noises and stirs. On a totally different note, gorgeous acoustic guitars and shimmering reverb shows a softer and more sorrowsome feel on “Enstrangement”. Despite only being seven tracks in the length the record certainly suffers from a lack of structure, coming across as more of a musical sketchpad than well-constructed, professional release. Having said that, I can see promising potential and interesting things to come from this young German.

Review by Jarod Lawley