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Laura J Martin

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Laura J. Martin hails from the suburbs of Liverpool and mines the darker, esoteric underbelly of folk. With untold layers of intrigue, she flits effortlessly between flute, mandolin and piano, as well as looped vocals and instruments to beguiling effect. There’s an otherworldliness to the off-kilter, psychedelic feel of her music, which has made her an ideal choice to support the likes of Scout Niblett, Buck 65, Little Dragon, Gruff Rhys, Euros Childs, Diane Cluck and Jonny (Euros from Gorky’s and Norman from Teenage Fanclub), some of whom she appeared as both guest and support.

Her debut album, ‘The Hangman Tree’ (Static Caravan), arrived in January 2012 to widespread acclaim, radio sessions and higher profile gigs. The Mike Lindsay (Tunng) assisted EP ‘Bónus Skór’ followed in September 2012 and showcased a deeper, more atmospheric sound influenced by the surroundings of the Icelandic recording sessions.

On returning from Iceland work began in earnest on Laura’s second album. Channelling the sonic adventure and dramatic arrangements of Jean Claude Vannier and Francois de Roubaix, Laura proceeded to record and produce 13 songs. Thematically expanding on the experience of producing a commissioned soundtrack for the BFI, ‘Dazzle Days’ features now regular collaborators Mike Lindsay (Tunng) on vocals and Benge (John Foxx, Serafina Steer) who mixed and added synth, Eno-esqe beds and Oldfield reverbs at his studio Play Industries. Tighter pop tunes but convoluted structures. Wonky progressive flute but Laurel Canyon sweetness, it’s all present and correct.

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