* DREAM SONGS *

My dreams are at the center of my art practice. This is especially true in my songs and is only made more explicit in the lyrical content, which draws upon dream imagery or more generally celebrates the unconscious. My dreamwork* revolves around a set of nine dreams, each developed into archetypal meanings with which I spin myth and nurture an inner archive of inspiration. The imagery associated with these nine dreams causes my songs to be filled with various animals, insects, minerals, and more--as they have come to me in my dreams. These dream songs often co-evolve with related visual imagery through drawing and painting.

* Dreamwork is a personal psychological practice, closely aligned with spiritual alchemy, which seeks to consciously regenerate inspiration through unconscious imagery and symbolic engagement. This is different from classic dream interpretation by which one seeks a one-to-one interpretation of symbols, e.g. via dream dictionaries, often for prophetic or practical content. I am drawn to dreamwork to nurture the Mystery, not to master it.

I don't have fantastic dreams all the time, nor am I interested in lucid dreaming. Rather, I have returned to the same nine enigmatic dreams for many years now (the earliest having occurred when I was 20). Again and again, I meditate upon these dreams. I actively re-enter and dialogue with these dreams. And over the last few years I've devised a geometric system of meditation (the "Wondering Stars") to continually relate to these dreams from a different perspective. The figures and symbols I focus on are the voices and faces of one Spirit. And each of these dreams is like a guiding angel to me, collectively, "subliminal seraphim." They are fundamental aspects of my psychology and art, as well as my spiritual practice. I find endless inspiration, insight, and wonder in this work, which is never fixed in stone, but wonderfully liquid, always alive and changing. Singing about this work is nothing less than prayer and nothing more than heaven. A song is a song is a song...

 

Songs From the Wondering Stars

Songs From the Wondering Stars

Matt Marble

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"Songs From the Wondering Stars" is a 20 minute album of 13 short songs recorded between August 2021 and July 2022 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Unlike my past two albums of songs ("Ocean Island Altar Angel" and "Subliminal Seraphim"), these songs are more intimately focused in both scale and arrangement, being made solely on overdubbed acoustic

"Songs From the Wondering Stars" is a 20 minute album of 13 short songs recorded between August 2021 and July 2022 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Unlike my past two albums of songs ("Ocean Island Altar Angel" and "Subliminal Seraphim"), these songs are more intimately focused in both scale and arrangement, being made solely on overdubbed acoustic guitars and lush hushed vocal harmonies. In prayerful imagination, each song was spontaneously created following meditation on one of the 81 "Wondering Stars," a personal collection of geometric emblems. I've developed this practice over the last several years, and I continue to use these emblems to elevate my imagination and ignite my spirit--you can see some of these emblems on the back of the turtle's shell on the album cover. Though these songs are shorter than what you might be accustomed to, they are neither unfinished nor fragmentary. Rather, they are abstract hymns of their own complete nature, a necessary music born from reflections upon and celebrations of the Mystery in an era that is terribly starved of it. "To the ears of soft vigilance..."

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OCEAN ISLAND ALTAR ANGEL (2021)
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Ocean Island Altar Angel

Matt Marble

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"Ocean Island Altar Angel" (2021) is a 30-min album of original songs inspired by Matt's dreamwork, geometric meditation, and everyday life. Using guitar, clarinet, synth, percussion, and voice these songs were crafted as metaphysical spaces for repeated visitation.

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MIDDLE OF THE AIR (2014)


 

Middle Of The Air

Matt Marble + Sharksleep

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Middle Of The Air

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SUBLIMINAL SERAPHIM (2019)


 

Subliminal Seraphim

Matt Marble

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Subliminal Seraphim (2019) is a collection of 12 songs and 5 ambient instrumentals inspired by my ongoing dreamwork. Made in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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