It's been six years since the release of her well-received debut album ...this side of yesterday, but next month marks the return of indie-folk singer/songwriter Martha Berner with her long-awaited full-length follow-up Fool's Fantasy along with her new band The Significant Others.
The entire album was recorded at Chicago’s premiere digital recording studio Stranded On A Planet with producer & Significant Others' guitarist Scott Fritz, and was mastered by four-time Grammy Award winner Gavin Lurssen (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Cat Power, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, etc). While this new material still incorporates the Chicago-based musician's trademark whiskey-and-honey vocals and thought-provoking subjects that stretch across folk, pop and Americana, Fool’s Fantasy marks Martha's first true band effort - incorporating elements of Stax soul, insurgent country and the unbridled passion of late ‘60s rock-n-roll.
For my 2 cents, this is one great sounding album. And Martha has one heck of a voice.
And the band is no slouch, they kick butt and take names.
Live band footage featuring the new song "Cry" from Chicago based Martha Berner's forthcoming release "Fool's Fantasy" You can download a free MP3 of this track here.
"Fools Fantasy" rehearsal (sans base), at the Stranded On A Planet studio
And something a bit different, albeit still on the album, a video of the Chicago blizzard of 2011 with Martha Berner supplied music. Maybe the title says something about the people who like to live in the snow belt. Been there, done that, don't want to do it again. The snow that is.
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