Marveline is the new solo project for Pete Marley, one half of the song-writing duo behind Sydney’s retro-pop masters The Nature Strip. With fellow writer John Encarnacao, the band released three albums and two EPs from 2013 to 2018.
While the Strip is on an extended break, Pete has worked on his first solo release under the Marveline banner, finishing off some old tunes and writing a few new ones.
Most of the album was recorded at Pete's home studio, The Peppermint Lounge, but some tunes existed on an old iPad that was dragged around the world over a few years. Magic Umbrellar was born in Bhutan, and Made Of Stars started life in New York City.
Savoury-Toothed Tiger is a 12-track album of eclectic styles - from atmospheric rock and pop to the pulsing synth-rock of Monkey Mind, via the guitar riffery of Turpentine to the Bhutan-inspired Magic Umbrellar, with a detour to the sweet acoustic menace of Go To Sleep.
There’s a love-song to the universe, (Made Of Stars), a dark tale of addiction, (Bright Lights Of Despair), and a purposely clichéd 70s TV tune, (Theme From An Imaginary) Cop Show.
Most of the album is played by Pete, with the exception of live drums from Nature Strip percussion guru Jess Ciampa, and guest appearances by other musical friends. There is a band, and when they’re allowed out there’ll be some live action.