Magazine article Herizons

Selina Martin

Magazine article Herizons

Selina Martin

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From the first notes that burst out of the stereo when "Public Safety Management" kicked off Selina Martin's latest, I was kind of taken aback by an overwhelming rush of sonic similarities. I could hear elements of Hawksley Workman, Rheosatics and Linda Perry wrapped up in an in-yourface musical style that you rarely hear from female artists. This might be why Martin's music doesn't get a lot of attention from radio - she's extraordinarily hard to classify.

Songs change shape as they go along, while Martin blends a range of sounds and some wonderfully literate lyrics to craft her musical signature. To that end, "Always On My Mind" might best capture Selina Martin as an audio snapshot. It runs the gamut from stripped-down to a full wall-of-sound production style, while she, in turn, is both vulnerable and swaggering: "Tell me, they can tell me that your kisses will erode me/ That it's poison just to hold your hand/ Well I like the taste of bitter, and when your lips touch my lips I shiver. …

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