Melanie Martinez is a dark wave, electropop artist who has somewhat recently rose to fame. Her music is incredible unique and attention grabbing, as it seems rather girly and cheerful but has a dark, almost creepy vibe to it that you cannot help but appreciate. Even if you don't like it, the style is something special, and in a world where so much is similar, you have to appreciate that something completely brand new has come up to the surface.
If you're looking for a way to describe it, some people on the internet have compared her to Lana Del Ray -but with a dark side. Like her slightly twisted sister, or something. Sound quite charming, if you ask me.
Melanie is a solo artist, and originally was a contestant on the third season of The Voice. She auditioned with a cover of Britney Spears' song, "Toxic" and ultimately chose Adam Levine to be her coach. She unfortunately did not end up wining, and was eliminated by the audience in week five.
"I never expected to get this far and this is beyond what I've ever dreamed of. I'm just so glad I got to express who I am as an artist and really touch people's hearts because that was the ultimate goal." She was once quoted saying.
She definitely did not let that phase her though. After the show ended for her, she began working on some original material on her own. In early April 2014, she announced that she had been signed to Atlantic Records and would be soon going on tour.
This lead to her releasing her debut single, "Dollhouse", on April 22, 2014, and an EP with the same title on May 19, 2014. Good things started pouring in after that. One of the songs on the EP, "Carousel was featured on American Horror Story Freak Show, and the song reached number nine on the Alternative Digital Songs chart.
The following year is when her debut album, Cry baby was released. This is what put Melanie really in the limelight. On June 2, 2015, she released "Pity Party", which is the lead single from the album. The song actually uses the chorus from a classic song released in 1963 by Lesley Gore. When asked about the song, Melanie was quoted saying; "This was during my second session with Kara DioGuardi. It was awesome to write that song because I love music from the 50's and 60's. When I was singing, Kara said my voice reminded her of Judy Garland and artists from that time. I really wanted to write about no one showing up to my birthday party and the song is perfect inspiration for this theme. I love samples, especially older songs because they can put a fresh new take on an old song. So we were really inspired by that and we sampled it for the first line of the chorus and that is how 'Pity Party' came about."
The song drew some attention, and was followed by two other singles, "Soap", and "Sippy Cup", all before the release of the album. The album finally was released on August 14, 2015, and recieved mostly positive reviews for the conceptial themes. The album is about a character named Cry Baby, and is thought to be a fantasy verison of Melanie when she was a child, and a representation of her more vulnerable and just generally screwed up side. She was said that many of the things that happen to Cry Baby were very similar to her own life, but unlike the character, she was never kidnapped, nor did she kill someone.
Each track is childhood themed, but the songs are much more adult. She actually wrote a book to go along with the album that is available with the CD on her website still to this day. The album features many different characters, such as Alphabet Boy, Cry Baby's Mom, Johnny -who is thought to be her crush and lover that later broke her heart for not showing up to her birthday party-, and The Big Bad Wolf.
She clearly is a very creative soul, and has quite a bit of ideas. I think it would be very interesting to sit down and chat with her one day. It also probably would be very interesting to see a live performance of hers.
You can do just that actually! She is on tour right now and will be playing many festivals all around the US now through October, and maybe over seas in the fall. For further information, please head on over to Melanie's website and be sure to check out the review of Cry Baby that was posted last week here on Immortal Music.
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