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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

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.

 

 

#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

 

Charleston City Paper review of Frost & upcoming Dates!!

TORCH FOLK | Daphne Lee Martin
Daphne Lee Martin’s coquettish coo swoons over perky blues and cocktail jazz with a post-modern flair. While her sound is undoubtedly nostalgic, her latest LP Frost is not bound by tradition. Martin deploys plenty of contemporary elements, from the theremin in the mournful “Five Points” (before it turns into a trip-funk dance-floor banger for its final two minutes) to the noisy blues lead that opens the swinging “More Flies With Honey,” not to mention the arsenal of subtle electronic textures she employs throughout the record. As a whole, Frost is a playfully impertinent eight-song collection that sweats glammy indulgence, with Martin genre-hopping without losing her smoky torch-like bearing. She’s reminiscent of folk-tronic-loving Beth Orton in how she retains many traditional trappings without being mired in them. Frost follows last year’s earthier, thematically linked Moxie. That album, which was fueled in part by a Kickstarter campaign, was accompanied by a photographic art book developed by Martin and artist Pola Esther featuring women throughout history who have struggled to embrace their sexuality and self-expression. —Chris Parker

Don’t forget, there is a string of great full band shows coming up! Visit the SHOWS page for details…
April 3rd | Pianos Showroom (Ludlow Street NYC) 

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Badassery ensues with the Frost CD release party in New York, special guests: Lindsey Mills, Isaac Young Quartet, and Underwater Country Club.

April 4th | 33 Golden Street (New London)

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Joining us from Huntsville, AL, the amazing Amy McCarley and Andrew Sovine as well as our good pals form Newport RI, the Smokey Barrel Band! This will be a big show with all kinds of special guests, my 8th anniversary, and general homecoming madness!


April 5th | Cafe Nine (State Street New Haven)
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Also with Amy McCarley as well as New Haven’s indie darlings (and our labelmates) Elison Jackson. This is one of our favorite venues of all time and we can’t wait to share the new album here!

April 11th | Johnny D’s (Somerville MA)
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We’ve been hoping to swing a show at Johnny D’s for a while now and it’s finally here! It’s a free show too, starting at 10pm. Can’t wait to knock that off the ole bucket list with all you gorgeous Bostonese!

April 12th | Jimmy’s Saloon (Newport RI)
April 19th | Record Store Day (Telegraph NL CT)
April 26th | Acoustic Cafe (Bridgeport CT)
and many more coming!!!

Flirt With The Dragon Tour!

Screen shot 2013-10-19 at 11.46.59 AMIt begins! We’re off like a prom dress, on our way out west. As you can see from the map, we’re hitting a lot of ground on this trip and we can’t wait to rock your shining faces, Midwest! Because we have a greenhorn for a bass player, our well-seasoned drummer has named this the Flirt With The Dragon tour, promising the wildness that can (and will) ensue There’s no point chasing the dragon when you can make it chase you, right?

Here’s the run-down on the shows:

October 19th : Luthier’s Co-op, 108 Cottage Street, Easthampton MA, 7pm, donations
The home of some of the most beautiful vintage and handmade instruments in the world, as well as the spot where we go to get our ginger libation on! Our own Kaiser Vilhelm has written a song about this amazing drink, it’s that good. We play at 8pm. There will be belly dancing, there will be rock n roll. Beer & Wine also available.

October 21st : Way Station, 683 Washington Avene, Brooklyn NY, 7pm, 21+, $5
with Andy Kirmayer, Elisa Flynn’s Tripeg Lobo, and Cornbred
     The Way Station is a refreshing spot in the concrete jungle, a steam-punk bar with a Tardis and a dim speakeasy vibe, dedicated to live music, and well stocked with craft beers. We hit this spot up on the March SXSW tour as well, and had a blast. New York Music Daily was on hand to review the show, which you can read here.

October 22nd : Milkboy Ardmore, 2 E Lancaster Ave,  Ardmore PA, 7pm
Daphne will be doing a quick stripped-down acoustic feature at the wildly popular Open Mic at Milkboy Ardmore sometime around 9pm.  Free, all ages.

October 23rd : Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom St.,  Philadelphia PA, 9:30pm
We will be joining the Levee Drivers for their October Residency at Fergie’s.

October 24th : Purple Fiddle, 21 East Avenue, Thomas WV, 8pm
Our triumphant return to our favorite spot in West By God Virginia. We had so much fun last time at this rockin’ mountaintop joint that it’s a must for every tour. Between the fantastic hospitality, the jacuzzi and the amazing food, we may never come home.

October 25th : Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, 15711 Waterloo Rd  Cleveland OH, 7pm $8
    with Bethesda, Morgan Mecaskey, and the Womacks  More info at the event page Here.
We will be joining our dear friends The Womacks for a Halloween extravaganza at the wonderful Beachland Tavern. There will be prizes for costumes! 

October 26th : Sabbatical, 921 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis IN, 7pm
with Freddie T & the People. RSVP Here.

October 27th : Red Line Tap, 7006 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago IL, 9pm, 21+, $5
with The Wild Torching Spree. More info Here. RSVP Here.

October 28th : The Frequency, 121 W Main St.,  Madison WI, 8:30pm, 18+, $5
with McDougall, Acousta Noir.

October 29th : 331 Club, 331 13th Avenue, Minneapolis MN, 9pm, 12+, Free
with Courtney McClean & the Dirty Curls. This is going to be EPIC. RSVP and more info Here.

After that, we hit up Daytrotter for a quick recording sesh, and head home for Halloween night!

October 31st : Oasis Pub, 16 Bank Street, New London CT, 9pm, 21+, $5
with M.T. Bearington and Mission 0. Prizes for costumes, mad fun and danciness! RSVP and more info Here.

See y’all at one or more of these stops! Mad love!

 

Whalie Awards | May 25th

Every year around this time, the New London County music scene gets together to throw a bash celebrating and honoring the best music we make around here, a red carpet extravaganza at Hygienic Art Park called the Whalie Awards.

whaliesLast year, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent came home with Americana Album of the Year for ‘Dig & Be Dug’ as well as best Folk/Bluegrass band and song awards. This year Daphne’s Moxie is up for Pop/Indie, Pop album of the year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. There’s still time to vote in some of the categories, here are more of the details:

THE 2013 WHALIE AWARDS
Hosted by Sean Patrick MurrayThe Whalie Awards are New London’s equivalent of the Grammys. A full-scale awards show with big performances, loud fashion and, of course, the red carpet! It is a night to celebrate local music – over 100 bands and artists from New London county and beyond are nominated. The event is the kickoff for the summer season at the Hygienic Art Park and is the major fundraiser in support of I AM Festival which returns this year for its seventh installment on September 7th, 2013.

Red Carpet – 6:00pm
The Whalie Awards – 7:00pm

Over 30 Whalies will be handed out!
Special guest presenters!
Red carpet ceremony!
And TONS more!

Like us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/thewhalieawards

Vote for the People’s Choice categories:
http://www.wailingcity.com/vote

More info & complete list of nominations:
http://www.wailingcity.com/thewhalieawards

See you on the red carpet!!