David Martel, I Hardly Knew Me

David Martel, I Hardly Knew Me

Somewhere along the line, multi-instrumentalist David Martel had to figure out what to call his debut album and on that fateful day, I like to think that Martel walked away from the studio in surprise (and embarrassingly enough awe) of his own finished product. I Hardly Knew Me‘s heart lies deep in organic arrangements (featuring […]

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David Martel, I Hardly Knew MeSomewhere along the line, multi-instrumentalist David Martel had to figure out what to call his debut album and on that fateful day, I like to think that Martel walked away from the studio in surprise (and embarrassingly enough awe) of his own finished product. I Hardly Knew Me‘s heart lies deep in organic arrangements (featuring banjo, warm horn sections — even accordions and glockenspiels). But Martel still enjoys a good ol’ hard rock melody and infuses some soaring guitar work on choice cuts “The End of Self,” “On the Corner” and closer “Cancel All Your Plans.” Think of a sewn-together version of Badly Drawn Boy and Pilot Speed and you’ll get a closer idea to what Martel sounds like. With his staggering vocal technique and easy to love pop gems, I Hardly Knew Me is one of this years best surprises. (Kindling Music / Warner Music Canada)


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