Gracie Martin returns with new single Dreams Die, but dreams certainly don’t die in this gorgeous dream-pop bop.
Crafting fantasy worlds from the comfort of her bed, in Dreams Die Martin explores the romantic irony of longing for the feeling of longing. This new single opens up Martin’s knack for storytelling as she brings you into a world of her own making. Dreams Die takes the potency of adolescent wishing and weaves it into a soulful lo-fi soundscape where ethereal harmonies meet electro-pop fun.
Rochester-born Martin has one foot in the past and the other in the present, her music comes across as a timeless blend of both a stirring confluence of classic American music and modern pop that’s brimming with sophistication and heart. With touring and re-locating on hold, Martin embraces the challenges faced with distance by bringing people closer to her dreams with her music.
By the time she was 15, she had been studying classical voice, writing her own songs and playing guitar for several years. An elegant blend of lush pop and fantasy folk, Martin’s compositions are rich, dreamy and emotionally exact. Her EP Unconscious announced her arrival back in 2017 and 2021 finds the musician at a particularly creative moment in her life, despite facing many of the obstacles that 2020 introduced for musicians.
With a BFA in acting under her belt and as a former company member of Elliott Arrick’s Plant Me Here interdisciplinary arts collective, Martin is a natural extrovert who has been known to enjoy deep conversations with strangers. Her music is deeply influenced by her background in theatre and as a result, her compositions are fully realized narratives that evince a true gift for storytelling inside the framework of a pop song.
Martin admits her aim is, “To make songs feel like their own sonic worlds that can draw you in like a play. Working with Plant Me Here was imperative in turning on my interest in music production and coming at songwriting with an ear for sound design. Every time I sit down to record a demo by myself or work with a co-producer to develop a track’s sound, it’s a world building and storytelling exercise a lot like creating a piece of theatre.”
Even as she continues to quarantine far from the stages she is familiar with, Martin continues to ignite her creativity at the border of fantasy and reality. Crafting dream worlds from the comfort of her bed.
All words via Paul Scott-Bates. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. Paul’s website is hiapop and you can follow him on Twitter as @hiapop, and on Facebook here.