Thursday, March 14, 2013

REVIEW: Mark Martyre - Down, Record

Toronto singer-songwriter Mark Martyre is a storyteller and a published poet.  It just happens that sometimes his stories are set to music.  The result is the rewarding set of songs comprising Down, Record, which was released last September.  The instrumentation is simple, the arrangements are classic singer-songwriter/folk structures.  But the stories and phrasing make it remarkable.  And then there is that velvet gravel of Mark's vocals, which help sell the listener on the truth in the music.  I'm pretty fussy about this genre, but Down, Record is an album that has earned repeated plays in my house.  In fact it is one of the few true contenders for the late night "final music of the day" slot.  As you can imagine, that is nearly as coveted as a Grammy.

Let's give Mr. Martyre an opportunity to convince you --

You can stream the entire album at the Bandcamp link below and, if so inclined, you can purchase through that site as well.

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