I first heard and saw Martyna Baker back in the Autumn of 2009 - it was a showcase for BBC Sound of 2011 nominee Daley, she was one of the two supporting acts to open for him - and despite the annoyingly noisy crowd and reception at the otherwise intimate Ruby Lo venue in London, Martyna Baker, along with her guitar, delivered a beautiful selection of acoustic songs that simply just blew me away. Unfortunately or otherwise, in the two years that have proceeded after that performance, I haven't seen or heard much of Martyna or her music except for news of an odd gig here or there but fast forward to this week and all that seems rather irrelevant because Ms. Martyna Baker has - out of nowhere - gone and released a short but sweet "introduction" if you will of her music to her wider audience by way of a 5-track EP simply titled Martyna Baker - The Demo's and can I just say right off the bat that it's an AMAZING debut EP from the London-based singer, songwriter and musician - without question!
Martyna grabs your attention and doesn't let go of it from the very first song on this EP - the stunningly well-written "Love Fast" which is produced by one Dan Radclyffe aka Utters - which Martyna describes as her "baby" and rightly so because it is one gem of a record. "Love Fast" is led by lush slow building keyboard patterns and commanding drum patterns which are woven in and out of each other rather brilliantly by Utters and are all brought together beautifully by Martyna's beautiful and compelling vocals. Listen below to "Love Fast"
What can I say in concluding that the music you've listened to so far has not already told you? Not very much, I can assure you and although not even featured on this feature, the other two songs that complete Martyna Baker - The Demo's - "Daydreams" and the Sam Dixon-co-written "Hold Hearts" - are very good pieces of work in their own right and are certainly worth every mention. It seems that Martyna and Radclyffe (Utters) are unto something here, the chemistry between these two simply oozes out of every record and you cnanot help but continue listening. I can only hope that now that we've been blessed with this "introduction" to Martyna and in many ways, to Utters (or at least in my own special case) who has served up a delicious musical milieu on this EP, that we will continue to be blessed with music from these two, whether individually or working together - it seems only fair to the world! Make sure you download the EP via the link below, it's absolutely FREE and you already know that music this good shouldn't be for free so get your DOWNLOAD on before Martyna changes her mind!