Music Martin Lucassen - posted on February 12, 2017 by

Nobody Talks About It – reviewed by a professional music producer/ engineer and A&R for several indie and major labels

It’s the big things and sometimes the little things that make a great artist stand out, it’s the passion, it’s the artistry, and most importantly it’s the heart. Martin Lucassen’s newest project entitled, “Nobody Talks About It,” is creativity personified.

The project opens with a piano driven, exuberant tune entitled “Falling to the Ground;” that is not only lively but it’s reminiscent of the classic sound, Simple Minds gave us in the 80’s. But don’t let that detour you the song is just as contemporary as it is classic. Martin’s voice coupled with the instrumentation on this track is just the beginning of his beautiful adaptation of creative sound.

“Believed” is one of my favorite of three tracks on the project, the song just “feels good;” from the second it comes on Martin’s voice proves he is creating his own path, leaving melodic footprints along the way.

“I Want You To Stay,” is a somber story we can all relate to, the lyrics are heartfelt, the pain is obvious, but it’s the sound of Martin’s melancholy vocals that really capture the listener.

While, “Hawkesbury Radio” is such a clever gimmick, Martin’s voice coupled with some great mixing, a little echo, reverb, and awesome dynamic processing give this tune such a different sound. It feels like retro radio, the guitar chords are rapid, broken chord strums versus simultaneous strumming, and he sounds collectively passionate.

What makes this project worth a listen aside from Martin’s obvious talent is the way he moved beyond creating just singles and looked more into formatting a great album. “Beautiful Thing” is an example of his innovation. Its two minutes and fifty three seconds of intoxicatingly melodic patterns, chords, and traditional tempos that draw the listener in and charm your musical ear into musical submission. “

“A Dark Rainy Sunday” reminds you its okay to be human, “Don’t feel like loser, you’re human too;” great advice over the bass driven original piece.

While “Magic Home” has such a smooth flow and nostalgic feel, that it seems to seamlessly pull you into a story line, there’s a slight stream of consciousness in the lyrical delivery provided by Martin which only enhances the classic sound.

Another one of my favorites on the project is, “Optimistic” not only is the message of the song beautiful, but the harmonies are gorgeous, the production is lush and the retro vibe on this one is palpable.

“Forget Time” is a finely calibrated interpretation of artistic ability, great vocal range, and perfect timing, a really solid track.

One of the most creatively written and performed tracks on the album is “Welcome To My World,” the song incorporates elements of classical, pop, and even a slight hint of rhythm and blues while remaining rooted deeply in originality.  Martin’s voice doesn’t disappoint, the background vocal are subtle but a really nice addition over the roaring drum pattern.

“New Years Eve” is the final stand out track that not only ends the project in a masterful manner, but cleverly pushes the listener to re-evaluate and assess their own New Year while simultaneously   drawing you into his world. It’s a perceptive, sensitive, way to commensurate the finale of the album.

Overall this is a solid project, perhaps it’s the excruciating honesty in his poetically drenched lyrics, or the reminder that real music still exists whenever his voice delves in a pop, rock or folk influenced piece, whatever it is, it awakens some of the same truths inside anyone who is listening and reminds us; “Real music still exists.”

 

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Music Martin Lucassen - posted on February 4, 2017 by

Nobody Talks About It – Martin Lucassen (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I guess we live in a world where labels and pigeonholes have become too important. It’s all the fault of us lazy journalists and our attempts to package and market music in neat, easily demarcated bundles. Martin Lucassen’s sophomore album reminds us of the folly of our ways, for even though it happily wears terms such as pop and occasionally folk or Americana on its sleeve, it is surely more than enough to describe it as a collection of slick, well crafted, commercially accessible songs.

Album ‘Nobody Talks About It’

So if we abandon the criteria of assigning labels, what can we use as musical yardsticks? Well, we can talk about the textures, the way often a series of layered sounds are woven together to create depth and dynamics, in the same way that the beauty and impact of a water colour painting is in its ability to apply dramatic colours in one place and leave the paper blank in another.

We can certainly talk about the benefits of a clean-limbed approach towards the instrumentation, for with the possible exception of the excursion into edgier pop-rock territory that is Welcome To My World, ironically, Martin’s world is one of musical economy, of subtle detail and of restraint rather than of showing his hand too often. Why be big when you can be clever?

It is this musical elbowroom that he allows himself which allows the subtle mechanics of the songs reveal themselves through the spaces in the top line melodies. Here a wonderfully concise bass run pops through, there sumptuous vocal harmonies pass by just on the edge of the song or more often than not the spaces are filled with atmosphere and anticipation, a tool as powerful as any clever riff or fancy drum fill (take note kids.)

Pop music is done often, but in general not done well. All too often it is happy to sacrifice creativity for formula, to wander very narrow, established pathways for fear of losing site of the pop-fan dollar. Martin Lucassen shows us that if you flip this model on its head, draw in influences from a number of genres, you can write songs, which both appeal to the masses and retain the integrity required by the more discerning listener. Throwaway pop songs that you will want to keep forever!

Even by the second track on the album, Believe, I am reaching for comparisons to such as Crowded House, pretty much the highest benchmark in my world for music able to offer both popular and critical appeal. Beautiful Thing meanders through some hazy, acid laced, bucolic, Beatle-esque soundscapes, Magic Home employs some wonderfully shuffling Americana and New Years Eve is a wistfully reflective letter to himself. It is both diverse yet wonderfully consistent.

And the narrative of the album takes a similar route as the music. Its combination of being both concise and lyrical, gets the message across in clear and poetic terms, is personal but relatable on the part of the listener, it is heartfelt without being clichéd, a modern approach to expressing timeless sentiment.

The best songwriters don’t concern themselves with labels or genres, they understand that it all comes down to just one thing – creativity – and whatever inspirations you take, whichever musical building blocks you use to fashion that melodic vehicle, it is all there to be used and learned from. Martin Lucassen understands this better than most.

Check out his website: http://martinlucassen.com

Source: https://dancingaboutarchitecture.info/2017/01/23/nobody-talks-about-it-martin-lucassen-reviewed-by-dave-franklin/

 

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Music Martin Lucassen - posted on January 22, 2017 by

“Nobody Talks About it” – a great collection of songs to discover and enjoy completely!

This is the conclusion of laserlife a reviewer of the album “Nobody Talks About It” at thebandcampdiaries.tumblr.com.

Highlights of the review “Nobody Talks About it”:

  • I am glad to see Martin returning to the music scene with a direct, energetic and accomplished second album

  • “Falling To The Ground”, a truly epic song with some amazing stadium rock vibes. The track blends in epic guitar tones with lush piano melodies, driven drums and a really stunning approach to vocals.

  • “Believe”, and it is a really enticing midtempo ballad with some great acoustic guitar tones, pianos annd electric guitar leads with a bluesy feel. The song is perfect to match Martin’s personal and direct lyrics.

  • “Hawkesbury Radio”. This song seamlessly blurs the lines between pop and rock, making me think of the work of eclectic artists such as John Lennon or The Kinks, just to mention but a few.

  • “Forget Time” is a a beautiful acoustic ballad with a very introspective tone and some amazing melodies.

  • Overall, this is a great collection of songs to discover and enjoy completely!

The whole review can be read here.

 

 

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Music Martin Lucassen - posted on January 15, 2017 by

Video of the new song ‘Magic home’ is available now!

Hi,

My new video of ‘Magic home’ from the album ‘Nobody Talks About It’ the is available on YouTube. Check it out!

What people say about this track:
“I really liked the calm beat and I felt like the song was balanced and had great vocals. Really enjoyed the song”
“Not only is the excellent instrumentation notable, but the song also houses some of Lucassen’s most surreal, poetic lyricism.”
“I love the guitar and beat here – it creates a real atmosphere. Great driving song.”

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Music Martin Lucassen - posted on January 8, 2017 by

Loved loved loved this album! Your new fan, Jess

Loved loved loved this album! Your new fan, Jess ~ Her reaction of her review of the album “Nobody Talks About It”, which contains 11 original new English songs.

“Nobody Talks About It”

is Martin Lucassen’s second singer-songwriter album (released on 9 December 2016) leans heavily toward pop stylings and contains 11 well written songs. Besides pop there are hints to Americana and Folk.

Highlights of Jess’s review:

  • Martin brings sweet singing and riveting lyrics with taut instrumentation.
  • He takes deep vocal stabs through his emotional truth, which is matched by a level of musicianship; in its melodic company of great illustrative backdrops
  • Undoubtedly he is navigating the music in beautiful unpredictable ways.
  • The overall sound is an untamed beauty, just as the nature of the music intended.
  • Each track brings a new element of surprise.
  • There are some lighter songs throughout but there is a striking atmosphere in this album.
  •  This record unlocks the mystery of emotions that are complemented by the lyrical context.

The entire review can be found here.

Listen to the Album ‘Nobody Talks About It’ on Spotify

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Music Martin Lucassen - posted on December 31, 2016 by

Happy New Year! And a good New Year’s Eve!

Hi,

All the best wishes for the year 2017!  That you’re dreams may come true!

Here’s my New Year’s Eve Song! Just released!

A happy new year,
Martin

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Music Martin Lucassen - posted on December 24, 2016 by

Best Christmas songs – my favourite merry Christmas song

Merry Christmas song

When I think about thè merry Christmas song then first song that comes to my mind is “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’  from John Lennon.

It describes exactly the Christmas spirit that I feel!  Peace, help each other, be kind, loving one another, etc.

The music and the message makes this my number 1! This feeling from the message is something we need to treasure!

Yes, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is my favourite merry Christmas songs!

 

 

I also like to write songs (as a hobby), but I failed to wrote a  Christmas carol yet.

My first holiday I wrote is about New Year and is called ‘New Year’s Eve’.

You can take a listen below, I would really appreciate it, if you do. I hope you like it!

 

I wish everybody a merry Christmas… and a happy new year!

Best wishes!

Martin

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Music Martin Lucassen - posted on December 18, 2016 by

One of the new songs ‘New Year’s Eve’ contains a video

Listen to the new song ‘New Year’s Eve’

New Year’s Eve we’re almost there! Just a few weeks!

Here’s the link to the new song a new year song with video : Video “New Year’s Eve”

A happy Listening and new year!

“New Year’s Eve’ is one of the new songs from the album ‘Nobody Talks About It’ released 9 December 2016.
More info: http://martinlucassen.com

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Music Martin Lucassen - posted on December 12, 2016 by

First shining review of the album ‘Nobody Talks About it’

The first review of ‘Nobody Talks About It’ by Beach Sloth.

Here are some quotes:
“With a lovely 60s psychedelic pop sheen to it, Martin Lucassen’s “Nobody Talks About It” is a brilliant beautiful album.”
“Opening up on a tender note is the beautiful driving rhythms of “Falling To The Ground”.
“A fragile celebratory folk emerges out of the passionate “Hawkesbury Radio”
“The highlight of the album is the cinematic approach of “Beautiful Thing”. Recalling the best of the Beatles the song possesses a timeless classic feel to it.”
“Summery in scope is the glistening airy atmosphere of “Optimistic”.”
“Bringing the album to a lush conclusion is the spacious sound of “New Years Eve”. With this piece Martin Lucassen sing straight from the heart revealing a true knack for storytelling.”
 “Martin Lucassen creates a comforting, dreamy swirl of sound on the hopeful “Nobody Talks About It”.”

The full review can be found here.

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Music Martin Lucassen - posted on December 10, 2016 by

Listen to the songs of the brand new album ‘Nobody Talks About’

Hi all!

I like to share a soundclould link to you where you can listen to the songs of my new album ‘Nobody Talks About It’.
The album is just released!

The lyrics of ‘Nobody Talks About It’ can be found here.


What people said in a pre listen to the songs of the album:

Falling to the Ground:
“It’s a rollicking good time reminiscent of, perhaps, Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians.”
“I like the vocals and the classic pop song vibe of the song.”
“I liked the way the singer sang the song, the lyrics were meaningful which boosted the quality of the song. The tempo was nice”
“It remind me of 80’s disco music. I like the melody of the music”
“It sounds like Beatles. I really liked this song!”

Believed:
“I really like this song. The insturmental performace is great and the lyrics are well written with the vocal performance very well matched witht the rest of the song. I would most likely listen to this song again. ”
“It sounds very indie and almost country. I like the vocals and the lyrics are nice. I could see this being used in a tv show.”
“It’s a good all around song. This artist’s voice really just draws you in, and the tasteful electric fills in the background keep one’s interest.
“I really like the beat of this song. The lyrics are interesting, and the vocalist has a great sound. It has a Country sound, but not so much that fans of other music styles would be put off by it.”
“Got my attention immediately. Catchy melody. I like the piano. Thoughtful lyrics.”
“Very mellow song, I really liked this song, the lyrics are really good and relaxing. great song!”

I Want You to Stay:
“Sounds really smooth and creative with a very solid intro.”
“Has a bit of country western feel to it. Like the singers voice.”
“Good melody and song.”

Hawkesbury Radio:
“The vocal performance reminds me a ton of the Beatles and retro late 60s musicians. The music is also super pleasant. I’ve listened to the song twice. I really hope I get to hear it again. You know how sometimes independent artists have kind of a reverby, echo-y sound quality from low quality of production? This is still echoy but not in a way that cheapens it any.”
“I really enjoy the guitar in the song the most. The guitar and the voice goes so well and it makes you feel happy. The song also makes me feel like I’m supposed to think about something I used to enjoy, back in a time where I’d do it all the time as the artist and his friends listened to Hawkesbury. I never listened to much radio as a child but I can understand his feelings.”
“I really like the guitar’s arpeggio throughout all the song. I loved that the song changed and increased intensity. I like it a lot.”
“I like the sound of it. It has a good beat. Makes me feel happy listening to it.”
“This singer is very reminiscent of Al Stewart. I really enjoyed the instrumentation and rhythm of this song.”
“I find the song very unique actually, the tone is very nice and pleasant.”
“Nice song. I could see this being in a movie for a soundtrack honestly.”
“Thank you Martin Lucassen, youi make me feel happy”

Beautiful Thing:
“This love song has compositional elements that are fascinating it feels authentic”
“This was a really good song, I enjoyed it! I really liked the vocal. The song was well structured and I really enjoyed listening to every minute of it”

A Dark Rainy Sunday:
“I like the singers voice and the guitar parts in the song. The drumming could be a little more complex, but not overshadow the song. Good song!
“The bass line to this song is really something great”
“I really liked the calm beat and I felt like the song was balanced and had great vocals. Really enjoyed the song”

Magic Home:
“I really liked the calm beat and I felt like the song was balanced and had great vocals. Really enjoyed the song”
“Not only is the excellent instrumentation notable, but the song also houses some of Lucassen’s most surreal, poetic lyricism.”
“I love the guitar and beat here – it creates a real atmosphere. Great driving song.”

Optimistic:
“Once again, I really enjoy Martin’s choice of instruments. His guitar playing puts me in the most relaxed mood. I really enjoy the theme of this song, I believe we’ve all run into a person that has felt down about themselves or they were afraid of getting into a relationship because of past experiences. I’d slot this in the soft rock genre. In my opinion, you sound a bit like the vocalist from the Arctic Monkeys.”
“I may be biased but I love the message. I generally try to be an optimistic individual. It makes me smile. It sounds like something I would put on when I need my mood to uplifted.”
“I liked the harmony, and the slide guitar. Very nice guitar licks. Pretty melancholic, but in a good way. I liked the backing vocals too!”
“I really like this track! love the melody and the guitars, background vocal are nice, overall great job”
“The singer sounds great and reminds me of Kenny Chesney. Sounds like music of now and the past 5 years.”
“Very pleasant song. i love the instrumentation. i find your tone very unique.”

Forget Time:
“Vocals sound great! Like Colin Meloy of The Decemberists.”
“Song structure and artist voice are excellent. Very pleasant to hear.”
“Excellent composition. the singer’s vocal quality is very good.”
“Its very nice and makes me feel good”

Welcome to My World:
“Piano works well with the guitar to bring the song to life. Lyrics are great, could see listening to this with someone special. I’d slot this in soft rock and once again I say that you sound like the vocalist of the Arctic Monkeys. Could definitely see this being in a romantic movie.” 
“I liked how well all different parts of this song worked together. The instrumentals were balanced with the vocals for an enjoyable listen.”
“I liked the music, It sounds like Pop music to me. Over all I really enjoyed listening to the song.”
“I like the beat and the voice of the singer. It sounds like a song from this generation.”
“A good beat of the song and I love the person singing. It fits the music now a days”
“The instrumentation is great, the lyrics are good and the artist has a great tone.”

New Years Eve:
“I thought the sound quality of the singers voice was really nice. The band played their instruments well and the mix is pretty good. Tonally, it’s all very nice. ”
“I like how the song connects you to the singer and you empathize with him, but also contemplate your own life. Good stuff. I also like the little Happy New Year thrown in at the end. Little off beat unexpected things added to songs like that I find interesting, less formulaic. ”
“I like the lyrics and the calm, mellow singing.”

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