Martyn Talks New Album on Ninja Tune: "Definite Leap Forward For Me"
Martyn's The Air Between Words LP, which drops on Ninja Tune on June 16, is the prolific producer's fourth album in five years. And in a way, it also marks his return to early form. The album's concept: Very simply "to enjoy writing music again," he explains.
"A few years ago, I just didn't enjoy being in the studio anymore and it was hard for me to write music. But I basically changed my setup drastically, got my lo-fi gear out and just had fun with little musical ideas again. All those live takes from the sessions eventually turned into a small collection of simple songs, which were the basis for the album.
"It's definitely a leap forward for me in terms of production and how emotional the songs are," he says. "But at the same time, it fits in with the other three LPs, especially my first one, Great Lengths, in a sonic kind of way."
One track off the LP that should undoubtedly stand out for the heads is "Glassbeadgames," a collaboration with celebrated sonic iconoclast Four Tet.
"I knew Four Tet from seeing him on the road, doing gigs and festivals and the like," Martyn explains. "So we talked about doing a collaboration at one point or another. I think we complement each other quite well in terms of what we bring to the table as musicians, so to work together on something was a lot of fun and the result came out really good, I think."
Leave it to Safe to hook up a Miami debut performance by Martyn on the cusp of the new album's release, with a chance to preview the new material via the Electric Pickle's pristine sound system.
"I've been wanting to play at Electric Pickle for a long time, so I'm really glad it's finally happening," says Martyn. "I have been playing some of the [new album] tracks out as well as some other upcoming material."
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Martyn. With Diego and William Renuart. Presented by Safe. Saturday June 7. Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $15 plus fees via residentadvisor.net. Call 305-456-5613 or visit electricpicklemiami.com.