Boomkat Product Review:
Following on from where the awesome BOSS left off, Magik Markers' Balf Quarry finds the band (now a duo comprising Elisa Ambrogio and Pete Nolan) diversifying further from their thrashy no-wave roots. Curbing their instincts towards freeform early Sonic Youth-style discord, Magik Markers present a number of alternate versions of themselves, cranking out tightly wound kraut-blues on the great 'Don't Talk In Your Sleep' and romping through full-speed-ahead garage thrash on 'The Lighter SIde Of... Hippies' and 'Jerks' - even churning their way through a dissonant lounge ballad on '7/23', lined with surreal Moondog-like percussion. Ambrogio and Nolan have hinted at 'proper' songwriting ever since CD-R recordings like 'Bad Dream' but on tracks such as 'Ohio R./Live/Hoosier' and 'State Numbers' they markedly more tangible shifts towards structured (albeit still fairly detuned and far-out) compositions. The final track proves to be rather special; an eleven-minute piece that segues from melancholic drone, layered with violins and sustaining organ, into delicate piano balladry and back out again - it's far and away the most accomplished thing here, defusing the more incendiary state of being that tends to dominate this excellent band's output. Highly recommended.