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Scared Fearless Pre-Order is up and running!

Hi Friends!

Scared Fearless is coming, my fifth studio album and the first to truly cross into both lyrical songwriting and my Appalachian beginnings. This is by far my most honest and raw project yet, and I’m thrilled to be recording it live at Dirt Floor with Eric Lichter & Jim Carpenter at the helm.
The crew and I are tracking 13 new original songs- some travelogues, some cautionary tales, some confessions -all stories about the comings and goings of life, the folks who touch you for a moment and change everything forever, the folks you hold onto tight for a lifetime, and the folks that (however much you love them) it was never meant to last.
This album has been cooking for some time now and in the throes of a devastating loss, I had to put most things musical on hold for a while to endure the deepest dark of it. The songs hold new meaning now for me than when some of them were written and I love their changeability, their universal nature. It took a broken heart, but I’m growing into my shoes. It’s time.
The base goal is 5k, that will help cover the costs of studio time and manufacturing. My dream is to be able to press this to vinyl and get a publicity campaign behind it. We did that with Fall On Your Sword and it made my dream of a feature in American Songwriter a reality- boy would l love to keep building on that foundation, and now more than ever as I’m healing through this wild time.
So every penny counts, and I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has been there since day one and climbed aboard since to help grow this thing. One of the things I learned about my relationship with music was  that when I needed it to be a ‘brand’ and ‘commercially viable’ it lost something very important. I was raised with music as a piece of everyday life, a comfort in hard times, a motivator, a way of telling the story of life. With this new collection of songs, and the way I’m recording it, I’m getting back to the truth and substance of what it means and how it’s as much a part of the day as breakfast or tying my shoes. That said, the rewards for contributing this time are going to be far more personal than just the manufactured product and I can’t wait to share all of it with you! THANK YOU!

https://www.gofundme.com/daphne-lee-martins-scared-fearless
Much Love,
Daphne

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

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.

 

 

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.

Laughing Place

photoWash the canvas all in gold, as the floor of heaven
To bleed through every color overlaid
So shines a good deed in a naughty world
How far that little candle throws his beams!

Please, Mister, please don’t throw me into that briar patch
Lord knows I might never find my way back

I don’t believe in heroes, greater glory dims the less
Secrets have a way of corroding their containers

So you stole fire from the gods, this precious gift
Some use for right and some for wrong

You can use the master’s tools to unmake the master’s house
But where will you run when the final judgment comes?

O Sinnerman, where you gonna run to?

 

August 1st! Cafe Nine with Amy LaVere & Sean Spellman

Hey all! The next show will be an acoustic one with Jim Carpenter (locodare.com) backing me up on guitar as well as the wonderful songwriters Sean Spellman (Quietlifeband.com) and Amy LaVere! Tickets are only $8 and the links below will get you more info! Cafe Nine, New Haven.

Facebook Event Invite! | Get tickets: http://ticketf.ly/ZItanX | http://www.amylavere.com/

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