There is a line between insanity and genius that Minneapolis musician Mark Mallman has built a career on. His solid songwriting, combined with a wild stage persona, has earned him opening spots on stages with artists as diverse as Green Day, Cat Power and Guided By Voices to name just a few. Mallman’s expansive catalog of infinitely catchy, masterfully orchestrated boot-stomping pop songs has rocked the airwaves of MTV, VH1, NPR, and dozens of major motion picture trailers and video games.
Mallman has also been written about in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Time Out New York, the L.A. Weekly, Chicago Sun-Times, Denver Post and so on. Additionally, he’s a featured contributor to the “Music Theory for Dummies” series alongside Bob Moog, John Cage and Andrew Bird and is a composer for film and television.
Amidst all of this, Mallman now emerges with his upcoming new album, "Double Silhouette" (October 9th, Eagle’s Golden Tooth) that is 11 tracks and 32 minutes of perfection, personifying Mallman’s complex musical approach and dark themes while still managing to showcase the seemingly effortless simplicity we all love from great pop songs. “This entire record is a personal diary of working through a break up,” Mallman states.
"Double Silhouette" was recorded at studios in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and in the basement of Mallman’s parent’s house in Waukesha, WI. Mallman claims sonic inspiration from John Lennon’s "Double Fantasy" and "Walls and Bridges" albums and from Brian Eno’s production style in the 1970’s.
Regarding the title track, Mallman says, "'Double Silhouette’, is a reference to the opening credits of ‘The Big Sleep’ where Bogart and Bacall share a cigarette. I was watching my favorite movie, ‘Casablanca,’ and Rick was just sitting there at the bar by himself. Here was this guy far from home, totally alone when his ex-girlfriend shows up with a new guy. I could totally relate. It’s a noir battlefield of car crashes and lightning strikes. It’s about being too sad for words.”
The last song Mallman wrote for the album is “Dirty Dishes,” about which he confesses about his lost love, “I knew she would eventually listen to this record, and as creative person, I have to take responsibility for the impact of my work. So, I wrote a tune that said ‘Hey, it was hard, but I hope we can still be friends. I suppose it’s my ‘Rolling In The Deep’ moment.”
Mark Mallman’s new album Double Silhouette is set for release on October 9th.
• “Indie rock super hero.” – Minneapolis City Pages
• “...engaging ballads and forceful pop tunes...” – Rolling Stone
• “Mallman’s ‘70s-redolent music could be huge...” – Pitchfork
• “...all those comparisons to Meatloaf and Harry Nilsson don’t seem quite so improbable.” – L.A. Weekly
• “Tin Pan Alley-meets-Madison Square Garden.” – Salt Lake City Weekly
• “Mad pop genius.” – My Old Kentucky Blog
• “David Lynch would appreciate Mallman’s world.” – Chicago Sun Times
• “You’ve not really lived until you’ve seen Mark Mallman...” – Denver Post
• “If this were 1970, Mark Mallman would have his own plane and a stack of gold records.” – Popmatters