Taken from Making Mark's debut album "A Thousand Half-Truths", out on Fika Recordings 3rd February 2014.
Available on heavyweight black vinyl, digipack CD and download.
The video for Lemon Sheets was shot and produced by Darren Hayman in Oslo, January 2014.
Making Marksʼ debut album A Thousand Half-Truths is a collection of heartwarming pop songs, touched with Scandinavian cool. Blending sweet male and female vocals with a lush soundscape filled with jangling guitars, buoyant drumming and textured synth lines, the Norwegian quartet have a real knack for melody and a keen ear for rich instrumentation.
Making Marks formed in Oslo in 2012 and are made up of Ola Innset on guitar and vocals, Nina Bø on vocals and keyboards, Marie Sneve on bass and Jørgen Nordby on drums. Theyʼve gigged with the likes of Bonnie ʻPrinceʼ Billy, Asobi Seksu, Allo Darlinʼ and Marit Larsen, and have toured extensively around Europe and the USA, including appearances at SXSW.
They recorded a number of tracks for the album at Soup Studios in London, with Simon Trought and Giles Barrett. It was their influence that saw Paul Rains from Allo Darlin' playing lap steel on the song "Barcodes" and this led to Making Marks supporting Allo Darlinʼ in Europe. The rest of the album is recorded in Oslo with respected indie producer Sjur Lyseid, who has worked with the band in various guises over the years.
A Thousand Half-Truths as an album is one of tensions -- both resolved and unresolved. Making Marks initially planned to go down a folk/country musical path, however they soon realised that indie came more naturally to them. Yet, the tension between the country and the pop still remained, with folky melodies echoing the extended harmonies of The Carpenters, whilst their propensity for banjos, ukuleles and harmonicas faded away to leave the band sounding more integral and functional. This left them with a set of quietly confident, melancholy country songs as played by an bubbly indiepop band.
There is also tension between the lyrics and soundscape as well as between the warm, dreamy, more life-affirming songs such as "Lemon Sheets","Flying High Forever" and "Forgive and Forget"; and the political, critical and often pessimistic approach of "Like Spinning", "A Thousand Half-Truths", Barcodes" and "Ticket Machine".
If you do the sums, A Thousand Half-Truths equals five-hundred full truths. Yet songs are just songs -- they can tell you something about life but just a glimpse at a time, revealing only half-truths but in the end perhaps thatʼs all we need.
"upbeat, lovely soulful indie pop. Think Belle & Sebastian sprinkled with Motown, jazz, and far more instruments, including the banjo, classical strings, brass and the glockenspiel. What keeps [them] an indie pop band as we know it is frontman Ola Innset's serene, Paul Simon-esque voice" MTV
"Citing Neil Sedaka and Chris Isaak and possesing the gift of tenderness like Belle & Sebastian, Making Marks, [are] rich and varied, with strings, trumpets and electric guitars" Rolling Stone
"it is so damn good, you should open the window and turn it up.... You can usually tell which bands are purposely derivative and which make music with wide eyes and wider smiles. You should be able to tell which are worth your time. Your time and your money. We don't have anything else to give. Buying a record in the age of penniless streams is to take an investment in that band. It is to say I want this band to have a future. I value the the things they create highly enough to want them to keep creating things."
The 405 [Single Of The Week]
"their star turns are vocalists Ola Innset, whose intricate guitar picking style is worth paying close attention to, and Nina Bø."
Neon Filler [10 To Watch In 2014]
"a real treat from sons and daughters of Oslo, Making Marks"
"Wonderful twee-like qualities makes them sound like one of those legendary Labrador bands that have been perfecting this craft for years and years" Panic Manual
"Call[s] to mind the uncynical joy of Belle & Sebastian. This is unpretentious indie-pop that deserves to be savoured" Metaphorical Boat
"There's no doubt about who's the finest indiepop band in Norway" -- panorama.no
"It has elements of everything: Belle & Sebastian, Animal Collective, Kitchens Of Distinction, Allo Darlin'..." Collapse Board [Single of the day]
"While the Oslo-based quartet's melancholy instrumentals were lush, it was their secret weapon—cotton candy-spun male/female harmonies—that got the packed out bar moving" Under The Radar
"wonderfully sweetly lapping reverb heavy summer pop"
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