Karen Marks - Cold Café

Karen Marks - Cold Café

$18.00

For many - particularly those north of the Antipodes - the inclusion of Karen Marks’ “Cold Cafe” on Efficient Space’s Sky Girl compilation was a revelation - how could this iconic Australian cold wave moment have slipped through the cracks of such a well mined genre? Marks’ legacy was not wide but deep - her total solo output, surveyed in this five-track EP - includes 1981’s “Cold Cafe” in its icy, forlorn drift; “Won’t Wear it for Long;” the flip of the original 7”, a more energetic pop tune; the heart wrenching “You Bring These Things,” written (as any Oz ear will sense) by legendary songsmith Paul Kelly; the anthemic bedroom warmth of unreleased number “Problem Page;” and a thumping demo of “Cold Cafe.”  Marks’ work and life is steeped in Australian new wave and indie history - as an early manager of beloved band Models and in her longer-lasting mutual collaboration with Ash Wednesday (whose presence is felt in all of these songs). Experiencing her catalogue all in one place and one sitting is revelatory, as is each entry on its own.