The Marble Index (album)

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The Marble Index
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Studio album by Nico
Released November 1968
Recorded September 1968
Studio Elektra Studios, Los Angeles, United States
Genre
Length 30:48
Label Elektra
Producer
Nico chronology
Chelsea Girl
(1967)
The Marble Index
(1969)
Desertshore
(1970)

The Marble Index is the second solo studio album by German musician Nico, which was released in November 1968 on Elektra Records. The sound introduced in the album—a stark contrast with her folk pop debut, Chelsea Girl—was the result of the combination of Nico's droning harmonium and somber vocals, and John Cale's musical arrangements, which were inspired by modern European classical music. Nico envisioned the release as an attempt to get artistic legitimacy, thus also drastically changing the looks that had initially made her a famous fashion model.

Although The Marble Index was largely unnoticed when it was released, it has achieved acclaim from music critics over time. Nico's unprecedented sound and personal style are considered an influence on several artists, most notably the 1980s post-punk movement's gothic rock scene. Nico and Cale continued working together, releasing two more studio albums in the same vein—Desertshore (1970) and The End... (1974)—which are now considered parts of a trilogy.

Background and recording[edit]

Nico onstage
Nico at Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable, where she performed with the Velvet Underground, circa 1967.

Nico made her studio-album debut in 1967 as a vocalist on The Velvet Underground & Nico. She had joined the Velvet Underground at the request of Andy Warhol, the band's manager at the time, since he felt a female singer would add to the group.[2] Nico and the group were regulars at the Factory.[3] However, the Velvet Underground was unimpressed with Nico's ability and reluctant to include her.[2] This, coupled with her desire to be a soloist, made Nico leave the group as casually as she had joined.[3] The band members continued to accompany her as she performed on her own and played on her 1967 solo debut, Chelsea Girl. The folk-pop album also featured songs by Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin and Jackson Browne (with whom Nico had a brief affair).[2]

Although Chelsea Girl is well-regarded by music critics, Nico was dissatisfied with it: "The first time I heard the album, I cried. I still cannot listen to it, because everything I wanted for that record, they took it away."[4] Jim Morrison, whom Nico later called "[her] soul brother", encouraged her to write her own songs; this was "a key breakthrough for [her]".[5] They were together in California in July and August 1967, often driving into the desert and experimenting with peyote.[6] Morrison, who encouraged Nico to write down her dreams, read Mary Shelley, William Blake and Samuel Taylor Coleridge to her.[6] He recorded his chemical visions and dreams, using the material for his songs as he imagined the opium-addicted Coleridge had worked.[6] In 1986 Nico said, "He taught me to write songs. I never thought that I could ... He really inspired me a lot. It was like looking in a mirror then."[7] She began writing her own material and performing it to an intimate audience at Steve Paul's club, the Scene.[2] Nico composed her music on a harmonium bought, according to Richard Witts, from a San Francisco hippie;[6] manager Danny Fields recalled, "I think Leonard Cohen may have given it to her, or had something to do with her getting it."[8] With that instrument, "she discovered not only her own artistic voice but a whole new realm of sound."[9] The droning pump organ became her trademark.[10]

The Marble Index was produced during a little-studied period of Nico's life. For The Quietus's Matthew Lindsay, "the liminal drift of these years only emphasizes the music's amorphous moorings and lack of precedent."[11] Nico approached Danny Fields around the summer of 1968 with the desire to make an album and prove herself artistically.[8] Resentful of her beauty, she radically changed her image – dyeing her hair red and wearing black clothes in an effort to distance herself from what had made her a popular fashion model.[3] John Cale said, "She hated the idea of being blonde and beautiful, and in some ways she hated being a woman, because she figured all her beauty had brought her was grief ... So The Marble Index was an opportunity for her to prove she was a serious artist, not just this kind of blonde bombshell."[8] Nico already had the title for the album in mind from The Prelude, William Wordsworth's magnum opus; in it, he contemplates a statue of Isaac Newton "with his prism and silent face / The marble index of a mind for ever / Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone."[12] Asked about the significance of this Wordsworth quote, Nico replied: "I sometimes find a little of my own poetry in other poets, yes. Incidentally, or accidentally."[7]

I didn’t think it was going to sell at all. But I thought it would be worth making. Elektra was doing so well at the time that we were able to take risks and experiment. That’s what I did, took chances. People think record companies are only in it for the money. And yes, in order to keep doing what we were doing we had to make money. But it’s how you spend your money that’s important.

– Jac Holzman, Uncut (2015)[8]

Fields relayed Nico's request to Jac Holzman, head of Elektra Records;[2] she then went to Holzman's Broadway office with her harmonium and performed for him.[2][8] Despite the challenging nature of Nico's music, Holzman agreed to release her album and assigned Frazier Mohawk to produce it, despite Nico and John Cale's desire to work together. He gave her a budget of $10,000, with a four-day recording schedule at a studio on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles.[2][8] Fields contacted Cale, who was the album's de facto producer after Mohawk gave him free rein. According to Mohawk, he spent most of the sessions using heroin with Nico.[8] Her drug use is cited as influencing the album's sound; Simon Reynolds wrote, "While it may be a reductive interpretation to regard The Marble Index as the ultimate heroin album, its hunger for narcosis, its frigid expanses, recalls William Burrough's description of the junkie's quest for a metabolic 'Absolute Zero'."[13]

During the sessions, Nico and Cale "fought at every oportunity"; Cale later said that during the recording of her solo albums, "she was really in pain.[14] Nico and Cale worked on one song at a time, mixing the album as they went, with her voice and harmonium the starting points for each track.[8] Cale said about the recording process,

The harmonium was out of tune with everything. It wasn’t even in tune with itself. She insisted on playing it on everything so we had to figure out ways to separate her voice from it as much as possible and then find instrumental voices that would be compatible with the harmonium track ... As an arranger you’re usually trying to take the songs and put a structure on them, but what I thought was valuable was when you took the centre out of the track and worked around the central core of the tonality and changes. That left you with a sort of floating free-form tapestry behind what she was doing, which is when things became more abstract.[8]

He also said, "I was pretty much left alone for two days, and I let [Nico] in at the end. I played her [the album] song by song, and she'd burst into tears. 'Oh! It's so beautiful!', 'Oh, it's so beautiful!' You know, this is the same stuff that people tell me, 'Oh! It's so suicidal!'"[6] The original release of The Marble Index included eight of 12 songs Nico recorded.[15] "Roses in the Snow", "Nibelungen", "Sagen die Gelehrten" and "Reve Reveiller" were left off the album.[16] The finished album was barely 30 minutes long, which "was as much apparently as Frazier Mohawk, mixing and sequencing it, could stand without starting to feel suicidal".[8]

Composition[edit]

My melodies are from the Middle Ages. They are from my Russian soul. I do not mean this literally, but they are that in my imagination. John Cale said that they are not tonal. They do not come from our key system. They are too old in their arrangement.

– Nico[6]

The Marble Index's avant-garde style distanced Nico from rock and pop.[9][17] When an interviewer pointed out the contrast between Chelsea Girl and The Marble Index, Nico said that the latter was "not supposed to be noise, because most pop music to me is noise, alright?"[7] According to John Cale, the album "makes more sense in terms of advancing the modern European classical tradition than it does as folk or rock music".[8] With Nico's compositions based around one or two chords,[1] Cale decided to avoid drone and raga (Eastern music common on the West Coast at the time) in favor of a European classical approach in his arrangements.[8] The resulting sound has been compared with Germanic folk music,[18] Gregorian chant,[19] medieval music such as madrigals,[12][20][19] European avant-garde,[18] Romanticism,[21] and the music of Richard Wagner.[19] Peter Buckley noted Nico's use of psychedelic drugs during the Summer of Love as an influence on the album's music,[22] and Jim DeRogatis described it as "minimalist bad-trip psychedelia".[23] AllMusic has categorized the album as art rock.[17] frieze called The Marble Index the "bridge between the New York Minimalists of the late 1960s and Brian Eno's ambient records of the late 1970s".[24]

According to Uncut, The Marble Index is "one of that rare breed of recordings which, the better part of four decades later, still has no adequate comparison, existing in a genre all its own".[25] The album is considered an influential proto-goth record.[26][20][27] Its soundscape has been described as "bleak",[17] "chilly",[26] "harrowing",[28] and "everything from the sound of someone rapping on a coffin lid to that of being buried alive".[29] In her 1969 Rolling Stone review, Anne Marie Micklo described it as "mood music, with an obscure and elusive text recited over it".[30] Regarding the record's sonority, British author Simon Goddard wrote, "it was on [The Marble Index] that the real sound of Nico was unleashed: a bleak pumping misery which would define her music for the last two decades of her life."[14] Lenny Kaye of Wondering Sound described the album as "Circe-like".[31]

Nico's lyrics have been described as "mythological and surrealist".[32] According to Spin, "for lyrical inspiration, Nico looked to the Romantic poets and peyote, passions shared with Jim Morrison."[12] Stephen Davis wrote that the album's lyrics stem from the collaboration between Nico and Morrison, and his influence can be seen in song titles such as "Lawn of Dawns", "Frozen Warnings" and "Evening of Light".[33] Morrison offered Nico a model for her writings by showing her how he worked on his poems, indicated by her use of internal rhymes.[6] According to Peter Hogan, some of her lyrics "show a marked debt to Sylvia Plath and to William Blake" and a search for artistic legitimacy.[21] Other critics have found Nico's lyrics to be intriguing.[34] For example, Richie Unterberger wrote: "Nico intones lyrics that don't quite express specific feelings but convey a state of uneasy restlessness."[35] The album's lyrics have also been described as "stark [and] symbolist"[36] and "metaphysical".[37]

Songs[edit]

"Through a pale morning's arctic sunlight glinting dimly off the snow, a bank of violas emits one endless shrill note which eventually becomes electronically distorted by points of ice panning back and forth through the space between your ears, descending and then impossibly ascending in volume and ineluctable intensity until they're almost unbearable through infinitely graceful in their beauty."
Lester Bangs, "Your Shadow Is Scared of You: An Attempt Not to Be Frightened by Nico", 1978[38]

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The album begins with a gentle piano-and-glockenspiel instrumental before segueing into "Lawn of Dawns", which introduces Nico's harmonium "of undulating motion weaving against her voice".[1] The song is engulfed in "weird clattering and tintinnabulating", while a "dark twangy guitar ... stumbles to a subdued halt in [its] final seconds".[39] It features what may be Nico's first lyrics, inspired by her peyote visions with Jim Morrison: "He blesses you, he blesses me/The day the night caresses,/Caresses you, caresses me,/Can you follow me?/I cannot understand the way I feel/Until I rest on lawns of dawns—/Can you follow me?"[6] Nico explained the peyote-induced experience which inspired the lyrics: "The light of the dawn was a very deep green and I believed I was upside down and the sky was the desert which had become a garden and then the ocean. I do not swim and I was frightened when it was water and more resolved when it was land. I felt embraced by the sky-garden."[6] The lyrics of the next song, "No One Is There", have been described as "in all probability influenced by Jim Morrison" ("Some are calling/Some are sad/Some are calling mad") and are sung over Cale's classical quartet of violas darting in and out of her unusual vocal tempo.[1] "Ari's Song" was dedicated to Nico's young son, Christian Aaron "Ari" Boulogne, her only child with French actor Alain Delon, and has been called "the least-comforting lullaby ever recorded".[34] It begins with the harmonium's clipped, whistling tones as she sings softly, "Sail away/Sail away my little boy".[1] "Facing the Wind" is supported by "Cale-banged piano clusters, scraping of percussion or walls and off-beat tympani"; Nico's voice sounds filtered (possibly through a Leslie speaker), with the "somnambulistic toiling" of her pipe organ accompanied by viola and strident piano.[1]

Side two opens with "Julius Caesar (Memento Hodié)", which lyrically explores myths and gods. It features Nico's low, droning harmonium accompanied by Cale's viola. On "Frozen Warnings", Cale's arrangement harmonically blends with the pipe organ.[1] It is considered Nico's signature song from her collaboration with Cale;[15] Nina Antonia wrote: "Of all the strange and wracked numbers on the record, 'Frozen Warnings' is quintessential Nico; lyrics that convey a sorrowful atmosphere and little comfort in the melody."[40] The album's dreamlike quality end with its last song, "Evening of Light", which has been described as "frighteningly quiet and hypnotizing". Nico sings "Midnight winds are landing at the end of time", with harpsichord and Cale's staccato viola building until the latter gains ground and sways with the tympani's "roar and clatter".[1] The 1991 reissue of The Marble Index also includes the outtakes "Roses in the Snow" and "Nibelungen".[39] In the latter, Nico's vocals are unaccompanied. The full version (with instrumental accompaniment) was included in the 2007 compilation The Frozen Borderline – 1968–1970; according to Dave Thompson of AllMusic, "It rises to equal any of Nico's subsequent performances or compositions."[16]

Release and aftermath[edit]

When he heard The Marble Index, Jac Holzman decided that "there was no question of not releasing it" despite its lack of commercial appeal; Holzman saw it as a work of art, rather than a product.[8] The album was released in November 1968 with little promotion.[8] A music video for "Evening of Light", featuring Iggy Pop, was shot by François de Menil in 1969.[3] It features Nico and Iggy frolicking with mannequins in a plowed potato field.[41]

The Marble Index "failed to challenge the supremacy of Nashville Skyline, From Elvis in Memphis, Abbey Road and Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations on the album charts of 1969".[39] Although Holzman was pleased with the album, Nico's longevity with the label was unlikely; he was increasingly concerned with her heroin use and she had a difficult, irresponsible attitude.[8] Nico left the United States before she was officially released from Elektra, after a violent incident in a New York City bar.[8] Biographers refer to her leaving the U.S. as an exile; Nico said, "When you live in a dangerous place, you also become increasingly dangerous. You might just wind up in jail."[7] In London she recorded two more albums with Cale in the same vein: Desertshore (1970) and The End... (1974), now considered parts of a trilogy.[11] The album was reissued as a CD in 1991 with two bonus tracks.[39] Songs off The Marble Index have been included in Nico compilations, including The Classic Years (1998),[42] Femme Fatale (2002),[43] and The Frozen Borderline – 1968–1970 (2007).[15] To celebrate Elektra's 60th anniversary, "Frozen Warnings" was released as a single on October 25, 2010, with "No One Is There" as its B-side.[44]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4.5/5 stars[9]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[17]
Lester Bangs positive[38]
The Great Rock Discography 7/10[45]
MusicHound 4/5[46]
NME 7/10[26]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[34]
Sputnikmusic 1/5 stars[47]
Trouser Press ambiguous[48]
Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[49]

Although The Marble Index was generally unnoticed when it was released, it was praised by the countercultural East Village Other and International Times;[39] however, most critics found "her desolate soundscapes inaccessible."[22] Anne Marie Micklo of Rolling Stone gave the album a positive review, calling side two "a really worthwhile venture into musical infinity".[30] A cult following emerged around it,[50] which included music journalist Lester Bangs, who wrote in a 1978 article entitled "Your Shadow Is Scared of You: An Attempt Not to Be Frightened by Nico": "The Marble Index is the greatest piece of 'avant-garde classical', 'serious' music of the last half of the 20th century so far."[38] Although Bangs praised the album, he also wrote that it "scared the shit out of [him]" and described the listening experience as "self-torture".[38]

The album has had "a slow progress to critical darlinghood"; for the most part, audiences have remained nonplussed.[32] According to Simon Goddard, most critics regard it as "[Nico's] defining avant-garde masterpiece".[14] The Rolling Stone Album Guide considers The Marble Index the point in Nico's discography where "the difficult listening starts", and the album is "pretty amazing for it".[34] Anthony Carew of About.com called it "a suite of rootless songs written with little precedent" and "an astonishing haunting, the work of a woman who, even whilst alive, seemed a lot like a ghost".[9] Anthony Thornton of NME called it an "artistic triumph": "Bleak but beautiful, this album remains the most fitting embodiment of her doomed glamour."[26] According to Spin, "Few records, before or since, have sounded lonelier, spookier, or more desolate".[12] Trouser Press described it as "one of the scariest records ever made".[48]

AllMusic's Richie Unterberger awarded the album three stars out of five, describing Nico's songwriting as "singularly morose".[17] Dorian Lynskey wrote for The Guardian that The Marble Index forces the distinction between art and entertainment, and compared its darkness to Scott Walker, Mark Rothko and Philip Roth.[28] Simon Reynolds described the record as "psychic landscapes, glittering in their immaculate, lifeless majesty of someone cut off from the thawing warmth of human contact and fellowship"[5] and "religious music for nihilists".[13] Sputnikmusic's Louis Arp was less enthusiastic, finding the music "pretentious" and "agitating" in the aura it evoked while deeming Nico's lyrics repetitive and meaningless.[47] Village Voice critic Robert Christgau said, "While The Velvet Underground and Nico plus Chelsea Girl convinced me that Nico had charisma; The Marble Index plus Desertshore convince me that she's a fool."[51]

Legacy[edit]

See also: Goth subculture
Nico performing at the University of Wales, Lampeter, 1985.

The Marble Index has a sound which distinguishes it from the musical landscape of the 1960s. Anthony Thornton of NME called it "a stark, oppressive opus that has influenced everyone from PJ Harvey to the Duke Spirit.[26] According to Spin, "[The Marble Index] set the tone for decades of music to come – Arthur Russell, Dead Can Dance, Fennesz, Zola Jesus, Grouper, pretty much every metal band that ever used a harpsichord – but few followers have sailed so near to the edge of the abyss with such chillingly beautiful results."[12] The Canadian band The Marble Index is named after Nico's album.

Simon Reynolds wrote about a female rocker he called the Ice Queen: "Ice is the opposite of all that women are supposed to be: warm, flowing, giving, receptive. Like Lady Macbeth, the Ice Queen has unsexed herself, dammed up her lachrymal and lactation ducts. She offers cold, not comfort. Her hard surfaces can't be penetrated. She is an island, an iceberg."[13] In The Marble Index Nico took this persona (originally embodied by Grace Slick) even further, making a fetish of disconnection and "[dreaming] of a sort of negative nirvana".[13] According to Dazed, this persona has influenced Siouxsie Sioux, Zola Jesus, and Björk.[20] The latter's 2011 album, Biophilia, was described by Rolling Stone as The Marble Index's "haunted digital sister".[52] The influence of The Marble Index can also be found in the music of Laurel Halo.[53]

"Frozen Warnings" was included in Toby Creswell's compendium 1001 Songs; Creswell wrote, "Just as she had done with The Velvet Underground & Nico, the singer put a new tone into music."[54] In 2013 John Cale curated Life Along the Borderline: A Tribute to Nico at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which featured songs from The Marble Index and other Nico albums performed by Peaches, Yeasayer, Sharon Van Etten, Meshell Ndegeocello and Cale.[55][56] Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu, has cited the album as an inspiration, writing, "it completely changed my entire view of what it was possible to do in music", and "you could never mistake it for anything else, which is an astounding thing to be able to do."[57] The album was also a favorite of American musician Elliott Smith.[58]

The Marble Index, which influenced the gothic rock of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has been called "the first goth album".[59] Ian Astbury of the Cult and Peter Murphy of Bauhaus have cited Nico as an influence.[59] She lived in the United Kingdom when the gothic rock scene was developing, with supporting acts including the Sisters of Mercy and Gene Loves Jezebel. According to Murphy, "Nico was gothic, but she was Mary Shelley gothic to everyone else's Hammer horror-film gothic. They both did Frankenstein, but Nico's was real."[59] David Dalton of Gadfly Online disagreed: "Some say she is the originator of Goth, but this is just silly, a misunderstanding, a pastiche. Nico has no heirs. She is a discrete entity."[2]

The album's release coincided with a change in Nico's look, when she adopted what has been called a "gothic horror princess" persona[60] and "switched from dyed blonde to dark henna and started wearing black, heavy fabrics and boots".[5] As a result, in addition to being a musical prototype for the goth subculture, Nico became a visual one as well.[35] Claire Marie Healy wrote, "Nico's visual statement of these years speaks of the power that comes with creating a new persona for yourself"[20] and she described the singer as "the first ever goth girl".[20] By the early 1980s, many women began to dress like Nico; nicknamed "Nico-teens", they were the first goth girls, encouraging a cult following for the singer.[6][61]

Accolades[edit]

The information regarding lists including The Marble Index is adapted from Acclaimed Music, except where otherwise noted.[62]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
About.com United States Top 30 Alternative Albums of the 1960s[63] 2010 25
Fast 'n' Bulbous The 500 Best Albums Since 1965 2012 470
Spin The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s[12] 2013 14
GQ United Kingdom The 100 Coolest Albums in the World Right Now! 2005 23
The Guardian 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die 2007 *
Paul Morley Words and Music, 5 x 100 Greatest Albums of All Time 2003 *
Sunday Herald Scotland The 103 Best Albums Ever, Honest 2001 *
Rock & Folk France The Best Albums from 1963 to 1999 1999 *
Mucchio Selvaggio Italy 100 Best Albums by Decade 2002 83
(*) designates lists that are unordered.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Nico. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Prelude"   1:00
2. "Lawns of Dawns"   3:11
3. "No One Is There"   3:37
4. "Ari's Song"   3:21
5. "Facing the Wind"   4:55
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Julius Caesar (Memento Hodié)"   5:02
7. "Frozen Warnings"   4:02
8. "Evening of Light"   5:40

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from The Marble Index's liner notes.[39]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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