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Laura J Martin - Dazzle Days

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Dazzle Days by Laura J Martin
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8/10 according to on Thu 14 Nov, 2013

Good old Static Caravan release this latest album from flute-botherer Laura J Martin.

‘Dazzle Days’ features a list of name-dropping collaborations from Tunng’s Mike Lindsay, Benge on synth and additional production, also none other than Neil Innes on bass. It’s an album of playful Kate Bush-esque experimental pop tunes, moments of folk, avant-pop and electronica. It all features on this melting pot of an album.

Martin is a bit of a multi instrumentalist it would seem, playing a long list of instruments: the aforementioned flute, obivously, but also piano, mandolin, ukulele, harmonium, etc. Laura’s pixie-like vocals fit beautifully with the overall jolly feel to the album. I seriously defy anyone to put on this album and not feel just a little bit happier than they were before.

Laura follows up this release with a two month tour with Euros Childs as a member of his band and as a support. What a hard working girl!

Press release

There is no other way to say it but ‘Flute Wrangler’ Laura J Martin is back with a follow up to her lauded debut album ‘The Hangman Tree’. ‘Dazzle Days’ her sophomore album was recorded over three months on a journey from Maghull to Hoxton via Reykjavík.

13 sumptious tracks bumping into each other like a Brownian motion demonstration these audio vitamins bed down to represent Laura’s best work yet. ‘Dazzle Days’ features now regular collaborators Mike Lindsay (Tunng) on vocals and Benge who mixed and added synth, Enoesqe beds and Oldfield reverbs at his studio Play Industries. Thematically expanding on the experience of producing a commissioned soundtrack for the BFI and with a burgeoning interest in golden age composers such as Sven Libaek and Francois de Roubaix. Laura also took inspiration from Jeremy Steigs collaboration album with Pia Zaidora. Imagine ‘Butterfly ‘starring and sound tracked by Laura Nyro, yeah that good. Tighter pop tunes but convoluted structures. Wonky progressive flute but laurel canyon sweetness, it’s all present and correct.

The album will be preceded by the track ‘Red Flag’ as a pay what you want on band camp and promoted by a two month tour with Euros Childs both as support and a member of Euros’s band. Need a further push then think Judee Sill and Linda Perhacs in the studio with Arthur Verocai.

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