Marnie Stern’s long been one of my underrated music favorites for her sonically intricate guitar jams that contract and explode with so much force without losing any capability to be personally and emotionally communicative. She’s got a new album coming out in March, and the name of it—The Chronicles of Marnia—is truly something awesome, for reasons that should be fairly self-explanatory. You can hear the first song, the Infinite Jest-inspired “Year of the Glad,” at her Bandcamp or down below.
I mean, look at it! Narnia, Marnia. It’s perfect, and also got me thinking about other fantasy titles that some indie bands would be wise to riff on for their upcoming album titles before the trend gets old. Like, Cloud Nothings should name their next album The Lord of the Nothings, and Dan Deacon should name his next album Dan’s Labyrinth, and Nicki Minaj should name her next album The Wizard of Minaj and so forth and so forth. There’s so much ripe, punny potential to be unlocked. The Princess DIIV! Big Phish! Stranger Than Future! And so much more.