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Young Man’s Game Demo

It’s been a weird run. Roller coaster city. 
I’m so grateful for all of the things that I have been able to accomplish, and most of all the amazing lives that I’ve touched even for a moment at a time. Lots of you already know that I’ve been nominated for Songwriter & Female Performer of the Year over at the New England Music Awards, and if you’d like to cast a vote for me, well just head on over HERE and do so and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Of course, the awards are amazing honors, but at the end of the day  it’s about the songs. I have 11 finished (and maybe a few pinch hitters) for Scared Fearless, with plans to track it out in April at Dirt Floor Studios live with a stellar new bunch of players in a much more “living room” setting and no crazy over-production. Yay, peak of the coaster! Whee!

But the trough of the coaster is a thing too, I’ve run into the same troubles most independent (and, frankly, major label) artists have run into these days. Fewer and fewer people are willing to pay for music, recorded or live. And those that do still have pretty limited resources. It means the absolute world to those of us who write and perform to know that you guys are out there makin’ the world go ’round. I’ll be doing a bit less touring this year, as it’s gettin’ harder to sustain financially. But there will be some seriously EPIC shows nonetheless and the music will keep coming. I’m writing harder than ever. The weirdest part, I’m finally stepping out of character and writing as myself, and it’s scary as shit.

This song is a demo of one that will make the new album, called Young Man’s Game. Sure, it could be about a boy. Sure it could be about the industrial music complex. It’s about anything you want it to be about. It’s about you. Inspired by Bonnie Raitt.
That’s Isaac Young on Organ and Rhodes, Steve Cusano on drums, and me on everything else. Mind you, it’s not mixed or mastered or any of that craziness. It’s a demo. Enjoy, and if it moves you, the very best thing you can do is share it with everyone you think will love it!

It took a moment to learn, but a lifetime to master
And every day goes by now just a little bit faster
But who gives a damn about my good name
You know I’ll bet it all on a young man’s game

I left room for the holy ghost
But the love that it gave me was cold at most
And if you’ll give me passion, I can bear the pain
You know I bet it all on a young man’s game

I can dream like a child with faith in spades
I always knew I’d rather burn out than fade
It only takes one kiss to never be the same
You know I bet it all on a young man’s game

Playing with fire keeps me warm at night
It hurts like hell, but it helps me write
So lights out baby, set me aflame
You know I’m all in on a young man’s game

And if I’m in for a penny, I am in for a pound
The queen of hearts and her crooked crown
And I’ve got nobody but myself to blame
If I lose it all on a young man’s game

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Confessions | Dreamchaser


Feels
The most powerful muses can give you beautiful songs and terrifying songs all at once. This is the sister song to Eskimo Bro, and I hope that I’m able to reconcile it all one day. This song is about lucid dreaming, walking in a state of altered reality. Seeing things which are not there and being completely blind to things that are very real to those around you. The gift and curse of being an artist is seeing the world as you want it to be rather than how it is.

Playahs
This one was very very simply done.  David Keith on drums. Anjanine Bonet on fiddle. DLM on synths, vocals, electric guitar, piano, wurlitzer, and bass.

Lyrical, Production & Music Notes
In my forever love of all things traditional, blended with my love of all things Leslie Feist and Nina Simone, I used their recordings of Sea Lion/See-Line Woman as my starting point on this one.

The sample reading is of Robert Beverly Hale reciting ‘Ode’ by Arthur O’Shaughnessy in a lecture. Also, this is the second reference to Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka on this album.

There is also a sample of my heartbeat, recorded after a good run and then slowed way down.
The Afro-Cuban piano is one of two similar parts on the album, sister to Love Is A Rebellious Bird. (yes, i wrote all these songs together and there’s SO much incest. ha!) I was listening quite a lot to Steve Wonder and I think I must have been channeling this…

And I have to give honorable mention once again to David Amram, who is a dear and generous spirit that I’ve been honored to see perform and spend time with on several occasions now, one of the influences behind Pull My Daisy from Dig & Be Dug. David gave a concert in New London a few summers ago and in the outdoor space at Hygienic Art with motorcycles and trains and cars going by, he made a joke about the interruptions saying that he could literally take those “annoying sounds” and make music of them. That music was in everything around us. I was literally on the verge of tears listening to him talk about it that way. Here’s one of his songs that I think shows you a little taste of that.

Dreamchaser

when the night falls and the sun goes sinking to the west
the light fails and all creatures go into their rest

i will find you

the night holds my secrets like I hold my skirts
up around my knees and i’m climbing barefoot through your dreams

i will find you

there on each shoulder sits the night and day
your silence suspends me as your eyes hold sway

i can hear music in the falling rain
you’re painting me dancing in your waking dreams

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#AfterglowTour is off and running!

Join us for the first leg oflookdownsafeharbor the journey on the Eastern Seaboard and through the midwest! Follow along on Instagram @daphneleemartin and on twitter @damecalico and Facebook. And we are using the hastags #FallOnYourSword #AfterglowTour and #WheresYourSafeHarbor if you want to keep up thatta way!

I am so happy to say that I’ve teamed up with my hometown heroes at Safe Harbor Brewing to spread the good word about their delicious beer along the way! And stay tuned over at the shows page for last minute additions to the tour!

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American Songwriter premieres Eskimo Bro!

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Song Premiere: Daphne Lee Martin, “Eskimo Bro”

Written by September 29th, 2015
4544Singer-songwriter Daphne Lee Martin, an Ohio native who now makes her home in Connecticut, returns this fall with her fourth full-length album, Fall On Your Sword, out October 2. Martin is an elusive songwriter, and her songs slink their way through the worlds of pop, R&B and avant-garde, often with edifying results. Listen below to “Eskimo Bro,” one of the standout tracks from the new album that features Becky Kessler of Violent Mae on guitar.

 

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DAYTROTTER!

Dig the new session, recorded this Sprindlmdaytrotterg with Isaac Young and David Keith.  We had absolute blast recording this, so much fun in fact that we all went and got tattoos right after our session.

This one includes three trio versions of songs from the forthcoming album Fall On Your Sword and one bonus song that will be on the next record, Scared Fearless.

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EXCLUSIVE: “Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Head” Is Daphne Lee Martin’s Funky, Soulful New Single

elmoreGenre-bending is practically run of the mill these days, but have you ever heard an artist claim to run the gamut from “elements of hot jazz, indie folk, latin, opera, hip-hop, and cinematic pop”? Meet Daphne Lee Martin, the woman behind this ambitious catalogue of influences.

On her single “Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Head,” she sets out to show off her chops as a truly versatile lyricist and vocalist, even incorporating a rap verse by artist SuaveSki. Her sultry vocals blend jazz and soul, but the music is inflected with a funky, percussive groove.

The video juxtaposes shots of Martin performing with idyllic shots of nature and surreal glimpses of black and white film. Lyrically, the song stays true to the commitment of her latest effort to tackle the idea of storytelling in all of its facets: “fables, fairy tales, Bible stories, mythology, poetry, cautionary tales, traditional folk songs, and American popular culture of the 20th century.” She picks her title from a biblical tale, and weaves gospel elements throughout.

Her latest album, Fall On Your Sword, will be out on October 2nd. Catch her in New York City when she hits the CMJ Music Marathon in mid-October, or throughout the rest of the country on her fall tour.

 

 

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Album Review from GIGsoup!

Screen shot 2015-09-20 at 11.23.56 AMDaphne Lee Martin ‘Fall On Your Sword’ 

Martin flirts with multiple genres from smooth jazz, to rap, folk to Spanish flamenco. The experimental air about this album gives it a unique edge, containing raw imagination, the kind the music industry hasn’t seen for while. Multiple tracks include fragments of public speeches, each carefully utilised to convey a very specific message.

Martin embarks on a journey to create an album that is both timeless and aware of current trends. Her deep, soulful, smooth vocals are dripping with passion and spirit, blending perfectly in the balance of each track.

With this album, Martin is showing the world her vast capabilities and vivid imagination. An expression of real gumption and resourcefulness, it intertwines a multitude of genres together without making it feel disjointed or out of place. Even the Crazy Frog makes an appearance! She is definitely someone paving the way for new directions with this unique collection of tracks. An album that should certainly satisfy those craving some clever song writing and interesting arrangements.

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