To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie - Marlone
To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie are, at their core, a two-piece collective originally from Richmond, Virginia consisting of Jehna Wilhelm (guitar and vocals) and Mark McGee (electronics and sound manipulation). Marlone is their second album and it’s a pretty sinister body of work. Ethereal instrumentation and vocals paint a terrain where birds flutter and streams babble, but something intangible is very wrong. Like a David Lynch movie, there is a darkness behind the candy sweet exterior.
Jehna has a beautiful voice and similarities can easily be drawn between the Cocteau Twins or The Cranes. She half-whispers and half-sings Lovecraftian nursery rhymes and her gentle, childlike delivery on ‘Villain’ with her tender diction and peaceful enunciation is akin to Mary Poppins reading the children a bed-time story. Yet little do such an innocent brood know what awaits them in their slumber...
If Jehna is the angel with a knife behind her back, Mark is the architect of apprehension: choral voices intertwine as the demented sonic butcher sharpens his blades for some unspeakable murder. Rain pours down as the hairs on your arms prick up and your blood runs cold. But the certainty of such grim doings is brought to a sudden halt with straight-ahead pop track ‘In Peoples' Homes’. Almost out of place, but instead of reassurance this dove amongst the ravens adds even more to the culture of uncertainty. Behind each door there are no answers, only more questions.
Turn out the lights; lie on your bed and close your eyes for a spellbinding journey. That is just the wind rattling the window, isn't it?