Marked for Death, she grapples with a doomed relationship, pain and masochistic pleasure and all. It’s dramatic, mythic, raw — and deliberately so: “Who else is going to love someone like you that’s marked for death?” she implores on the title track. Taut minor guitar lines reign supreme throughout, tangling with Rundle’s mesmerizing bleakness.
Emma Ruth Rundle is not afraid of the dark — or of intentionally making things dark, for that matter. The songwriter has spent her musical career — which includes her solo work alongside somewhat ongoing stints in post-rock bands Red Sparowes and Marriages — dwelling and writing inside of the dimly lit corners of the human psyche. From the start, her gothic, expressive rock compositions were steeped in the really heavy stuff; her most recent investigations into the ways that death and love intertwine cut through metal-influenced atmospheric guitar that’s not so much weightless as it is formless enough to drift. On 2016’s