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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.

The Big Takeover Song premiere: “Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Head” by Daphne Lee Martin

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Daphne Lee Martin

9 September 2015

Fall On Your Sword is the fourth full-length album from Daphne Lee Martin, and the first to be produced by the songwriter herself. According to Martin, this collection of songs was written as a whole, “encompassing memories of fables, fairy tales, Bible stories, mythology, poetry, cautionary tales, traditional folk songs, and American popular culture of the 20th century.”

The result is rich, compelling, and funky, as this track, featuring rapper SuaveSki, ably demonstrates. Turn it up!

Fall On Your Sword comes out October 2, via The Telegraph Recording Company.


Notes from Left of the Dial: Daphne Lee Martin

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Daphne Lee Martin. (Photo: Pola Esther)

In Notes from Left of the Dial this week, I take a look at some songs from Daphne Lee Martin, Days of Elisa, Postcards From Jeff and Rosie June. What have you been listening to this week?

Daphne Lee Martin, “I’d Take a Bullet for You”
Connecticut singer-songwriter Daphne Lee Martin knows that without a steadily beating heart a song is just an empty vessel for empty emotion. But over the course of a handful of records, she has given life to the music that inhabits those albums. Her voice is clear, her words distinct and her music culled from a wide assortment of influences—which makes them feel timeless but also curiously prescient in their examination of current musical trends. There will always be something wonderfully restorative about a simple song told in supreme confidence, and Martin has that inherent conviction running throughout her history.

She’s gearing up for the release of her fourth record, “Fall on Your Sword,” Oct. 2 via Martin’s own Telegraph Recording Co. And in advance of that album, she’s shared the single “I’d Take a Bullet for You,” and it’s an addicting combination of jazzy riffs, brassy horn arrangements and a voice that rings out clearly in the middle of everything. Martin has found an ebullient pop aesthetic that fits her musical tendencies perfectly. This song places a series of spoken word narratives among the music and uses them as a bridge to tell a very specific story. Still, Martin isn’t revealing everything—she’s merely tempting us with the promise of more stories to come.

Magnet Magazine on ‘I’d Take A Bullet For You’

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Daphne Lee Martin’s music is lush and imaginative, her flourishing style exemplified on new track “I’d Take A Bullet For You.” The song comes from her forthcoming LP, Fall On Your Sword, and features a plethora of horns, jangly drum lines and even a spoken-word portion. Fall On Your Sword, Martin’s fourth album, will be released October 2. Download “I’d Take A Bullet For You” below.

“I’d Take A Bullet For You” (download):

PopMatters premieres ‘I’d Take A Bullet For You” from #FallOnYourSword

The forthcoming new album Fall on Your Sword by Connecticut singer-songwriter Daphne Lee Martin is a wonderfully eclectic collection of songs inspired by stories we’ve heard as youngsters, from fairy tales, to cautionary tales, to pop culture events from the 20th century. The lavish track “I’d Take a Bullet for You” draws its inspiration from one of the most romanticized couples of the past century.”“Who doesn’t want to wake up next to someone who drives them wild?” Martin says. “Sometimes at any cost. There’s a reason we’re fascinated by the story of Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow, we all kind of want to be them just a little bit. Go crazy, take what we want, and make love on the run.”

Surviving the Golden Age Premiere: Daphne Lee Martin & Little Ugly “People Get Ready”

Songstress Daphne Lee Martin teams up with fellow Connecticuters Little Ugly for the latest in her series of covers, a take on Curtis Mayfield’ “People Get Ready.” The cover really shows off Daphne Lee Martin’s folk-roots which are accentuated by Little Ugly who themselves employ a full-time violinist. Martin trades off vocals with both Michael Day and Kaia Pazdersky from Little Ugly making “People Get Ready” feel like a real family affair.

Grab the new album Fall On Your Sword first!

Fall On Your Sword is my fourth full length album, coming out this September. It’s exciting for a lot of reasons: it’s the first project I wrote as a whole, and it’s the first one I produced myself. It’s also the first time I’m working with my dream publicist, Team Clermont, and of course, launching my most ambitious national touring yet!

FOYS is all recorded and mixed now and off to mastering, thanks to the generous and fun involvement of 25 of the best musicians I’ve found around the country.

Here’s the catch: I had a big tour that was planned for the month of May all over the states and a few days into it, I got thrown a curveball.
My mom had to be hospitalized suddenly and I went down to Florida to help my family. Mom is going to be ok, but it’s going to be a long tough recovery and she’s living up in CT with me for the summer.
I didn’t want to crowd fund this album, you guys have always been so generous in the past, and I had really hoped to be able to spin this tour into paying for the album to get pressed. But life doesn’t always go the way you think it will, and with the loss of a month of work, and having a lot of new financial responsibilities, I’m not going to be able to fund the album on my own.
For those of you who already know and love my music, or who have recently discovered me through the series of covers I’ve put out the last few months, this is a great way to snap up the new record as well as some bonus goodies. We’ll be in touch with each of you along the way to let you know how things are going and get you all the goods.
At this point, vinyl is a hard thing to reach, but we wold love to press this album if we can. If this campaign makes it up to $7000, we will do just that, and any reward category over $50 will have the option to exchange the CD for vinyl with a download.
THANK YOU for your support! I really couldn’t do this without you!
Daphne Lee Martin

#SkinInTheGameTour :: UPDATE

Alright guys, it has been a long long week. For those of you who were really concerned about all the dates I had to postpone- my mom had a sudden and very serious medical emergency and I am in Florida this week looking after things with my family. I know a bunch of you know my mom from the days when we used to sing together, so I want you to know she’s gonna be alright and she’s coming back to CT to live with me for the summer while she recovers. I can’t tell you how excited and happy I am to have her around and I have lots of plans for house concerts and jam sessions throughout the summer when I’m not touring.

I’m afraid that I may have jumped the gun, you know me, forever the optimist (read:stubborn) and I hoped I’d be able to salvage the midwest dates of my tour. Unfortunately, I will not be able to swing that with the after care and new living situation for the time being. I’ll hang onto my daytrip gigs, in Belmar, NJ and in Bridgeport and all the New England June dates. Hoping to reschedule all the lost dates for this fall.

While I have you, I just want to say a great big thank you to the literally hundreds of friends and fans from dozens of states across the country who have reached out in private messages, emails, phone calls, voicemails, posts and in person to express their support, love and hopes for my quick return to the road. It means THE WHOLE WORLD. This week has taught me a lot of things, not only that life is so unbelievably precious and tenuous, but that the things that really matter more than anything are the relationships and love and trust we build while we are here, and I feel like the richest and luckiest woman in the world right now.
In other good news, No Depression reviewed ‪#‎Frost‬ this week and I can honestly say (disclaimer: I did not write The Book of Love, but yes it’s a great song) that this review is the most thorough and accurate glimpse into my purpose in sewing together the past to the present and perhaps also the future into my songwriting that I have ever read. I’ve sung traditional songs since, as my grandpa would say, I was “knee-high to a grasshopper” and I’ve always tried to weave those old songs into pop music forms. I’m so grateful to see someone who can understand the dimensions of that and celebrates and shares that connection with his readers. And calling mine the “definitive female voice of this tale” in my cover of Tom Waits ‘I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You’ is beyond anything I could have ever dreamt.
I love you guys. I can’t wait to begin a new chapter in my family, get back out there on the road to see you, and get this new record rolling. Thank you so much for your love and support. -Daph

Check out the dates below and feel free to share this with anyone in these towns that you think might dig the songs! You can follow the fun at @daphneleemartin on Instagram or @damecalico onTwitter.

5/24/2015 Chicago, IL Uncommon Ground
5/25/2015 Indianapolis, IN Melody Inn
5/27/2015 Columbus, OHBernies Bagels & Deli/The Distillery
5/28/2015 Pittsburgh, PA Hambone’s
5/29/2015 Asbury Park, NJ Belmar Arts Council
5/31/2015 Bridgeport, CTAcoustic Cafe


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