Last month, Brisbane-based multi instrumentalist Andy Martin released his debut EP, Living In The Heat Of It All. He’s a musician who is certainly not afraid of big arrangements, and this EP proves just how boldly he’s willing to push his own boundaries. Andy manages to take from the familiar while bending the rules, constantly surprising us with unlikely little nuances. Read on as we take a look at each track of Living In The Heat Of It All.

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The opening track, My Hearts Not Beating In Time, is an upbeat and strong opening to the EP. Saturated in rhythm and melody, the guitars are a powerful driver. Full of vibrant hooks, this tune is lively and catchy, like a more up-tempo version of Boy & Bear’s Southern Sun. The use of horns towards the end of the track create an even grander sense of joy.

The next track, Mess We Made, flows on perfectly from the previous track. Without slowing down, it tones things down. There’s less contest in the song, creating more room to pay attention to the vocal phrasing and messages. There’s a similarity to ’80s pop/rock, with a hint of influence from tracks like 1927’s That’s When I Think Of You.

Time comes in third, and brings a completely new vibe. A half-time beat on a quality kit is always a great draw card as the edgy drums set the scene. We move more into funky ’70s-style electric guitar, with a brass section boldly coming in to steal the show. Short and sweet, Time would undoubtedly be the centrepiece for a live show.

Fourth up is Heat of it All, a track that follows a similar structure to Daft Punk’s Get Lucky but at warp speed. Moving into a more punk pop arena, the vocals are the focal point of this song, and a sense of bold romance comes pushing through. Cleverly, Andy Martin has tailored each part of this song so that nothing ever quite repeats itself.

Slowing things down is penultimate track, Just Tell Me. With a crisp acoustic guitar, dreamy choral calls, and church-like organs, there’s something more sanctified in the structure of this track. Sung as a duet, the female vocal line is a beautifully unexpected surprise. As the drums come pounding through, influences like Coldplay, Razorlight or Temper Trap are clear, and Andy’s own closing vocal line is very Chris Martin-esque,

The final track, Let This Go Again, has a sentimental sense of finality to it, creating a fitting end to the EP. The xylophone is playful yet warm, and the chorus line is understated and catchy. While he sings a heartfelt message about something ending and the confusion of adjusting to change, there’s something so light about the structure of this track, that means you can’t help but feel elated and hopeful as it ends.

This EP is a collection of stories (good and bad), as well as my own mental anguish that I have faced over the past couple of years. Some of these songs birthed from a simple line that I would repeat in my head over and over and I’d just have to get in on paper (and subsequently in the studio).  I hope these songs can shed light on some crappy situations people are in… whether that is in response to a heartbreak or just being in your own head, I hope these songs resonate with you. I started the recording process of this back in October of last year so it feels so good to finally have this out in the world! 

Andy Martin

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Posted by Rebecca Costanzo