Strange Days Indeed 3:130:00/3:13
Based in Tamworth in the UK, Martin Reynolds takes influence from the likes of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Laura Marling, The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones to create his own brand of timeless indie folk music.
Serving as the drummer of the Tamworth-based grunge blues duo You Dirty Blue, who graced the Glastonbury stage, Farmer Phils Festival and Off The Tracks Festival, as well as Supporting big artists such as: Wolf Alice, Starcrawler, White Lung, The Groundhogs and Radio Moscow, as well as up and comings like John, decided to change musical direction during lockdown, and step out from behind the drumkit to become a singer/songwriter in his own right to deliver his own joyous sound.
From teasing out lyrics during his daily, government approved exercise to recording in any unoccupied space in a busy home, those intimate, largely acoustic tracks on loss, acceptance, mythmaking, and optimism were then brought to life in his ‘sanctuary’ Silky Studios – a rehearsal space that, like many businesses, failed to recover from the catastrophic economic effects of the pandemic.
A heartfelt combination of sixties power pop and unflinchingly sincere lyrics, Where There’s Hope has been described by Counteract magazine as ‘a tonic’ for uncertain times. As well as catching the attention of BBC Radio Derby, BBC Radio WM, BBC Music Introducing Coventry and Warwickshire and BBC Music Introducing in the West Midlands on more than one occasion, who went on to describe debut single 'Strange Days Indeed' as "The song of lockdown".
He now brings us his latest work with his new single titled “Everything’s Better”. Emerging from the isolation that saw him create his previous work alone, for his new track he was joined by other musicians.
Laying down his lead vocals and playing guitar, bass and drums on the single, he’s joined by Sheena Vultaggio on piano and backing vocals and Peter Voronov on violin and viola. With his buoyant indie folk anthem, he offers a dose of positivity and provides the soundtrack for the world recovering from the dark times of the last two years. Capturing an enduring sound, “Everything’s Better” is testament to his songwriting talent on a single that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
2022 has been a successful year for Martin, from opening up for America’s own Jim White, to closing the Commonwealth Games at Tamworth’s closing ceremony, he continues to go from strength to strength. December 2022 will see Martin release a brand new song titled “It All Feels Like Christmas” as his final release of the year.
He is currently locked away working on his follow up album, set for release in summer 2023.
“Reynolds' bittersweet optimism feels refreshing and heartfelt, and paired with uplifting folk pop melodies and sunshiny guitar it’s sure to be a tonic over the coming months.” - Emily Doyle
“‘Where There’s Hope’ is a triumph of creative spirit, borne on a rich acoustic sound instantly recognisable through a familiarity with its influences, and littered with relatable themes and references. It’s clear that, with the success of this solo record, Reynolds’ step in to the spotlight could – and possibly should – become a more regular occurrence.” - Michael Nelson
“I really feel like this could go down in history as the song of lockdown” - Harry Bozman