Toronto-based musician & singer-songwriter Mark Martyre is known for his prolific songwriting and smokey, raw vocal style. His ability to write timeless and accessible material make him one of Canada’s best and underrated songwriting geniuses.
His fifth full-length album, Rivers is the perfect soundtrack for a wistful, rainy day with eloquent and poetic lyrics about things/people being taken away, about trying not to forget, about trying to find a place to go - when you feel there's nowhere left to go. It's about dragging around the shadows of the past, living in a fog of memory, regret, and restlessness, while still trying to move forward... towards something. From the opening track to the final number, Rivers moves like a dream as a flood of emotions are laid bare for the listener to experience.
Prior to Rivers, Martyre released four full-length studio albums since 2012: Down, Record (2012), London (2013), Red Letters (2014), Bluebird (2016), as well as several live records, and bootlegs. His music has garnered critical acclaim and attention both nationally and internationally and has earned him “Best Songwriter” and “Album of the Year” nominations. In 2016 Mark also published a collection of his lyrics, spanning his music between 2012-2016.
RIYL: Tom Waits, John Prine, Frank Morey, Bob Dylan
1. Come Lie Beside Me, Dear (4:59)
2. Carry On (3:21)
3. The Next Song (5:48)
4. Anywhere But Here (4:50)
5. Take It All Away (7:01)
6. Nowhere Else to Go, But Up (3:28)
7. Trying to Explain (4:06)
8. (I Think) We Might Be Ok (3:04)
9. For Her and the River (4:23)
10. Never Forget You (3:10)
All songs by Mark Martyre (SOCAN)
Produced and recorded at Lincoln County Social Club with John Dinsmore.
Overdubs, and the mixing done at Typewriter Studio with Graydon James. Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova.
Mark Martyre (guitar, vocals & harmonica),
Darrin Baldwin (piano), Matt Antaya (electric guitar), Stacey Dowswell (backing vocals), Graydon James (drums), Jason Lapidus (bass), Ed Michael Roth (accordion), and Raha Javanfar (violin)