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Martha - Love Keeps Kicking (April 5, 2019) Album

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by local_corn, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. local_corn

    an existential crisis mixtape

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    Tracklist:
    1. Heart Is Healing
    2. Sight For Sore Eyes
    3. Into This
    4. Wrestlemania VIII
    5. Mini Was A Preteen Arsonist
    6. Love Keeps Kicking
    7. Brutalism By The River (Arrhythmia)
    8. Orange Juice
    9. The Void
    10. Lucy Shone A Light On You
    11. The Only Letter That You Kept





    Out via Dirtnap Records and Big Scary Monsters
     
  2. local_corn

    an existential crisis mixtape

    "Funny thing about kicking: it’s one of the first and last things we
    do. In the womb, a fetus kicks to announce an imminent arrival.
    Meanwhile, laid out on a stretcher, the dying man is “still kicking”
    up until his final moment, when the last thing he kicks is the bucket.

    All through life we take our kicks: teenage kicks, modern kicks, kicks
    in the gut. These days, with the worldwide rise of fascists,
    demagogues, abusers, and hypocrites, the kick we feel most often comes
    while we’re down.

    From their sudden and deliberate first chord on Love Keeps Kicking,
    beloved British punk collective Martha announce their intent to kick
    back. Across 11 tracks, these daughters and sons of Pity Me, England,
    show that, while our world might be in spiral, there is still plenty
    worth fighting for.

    In many ways Love Keeps Kicking is a breakup record, with each song
    inhabiting different parts of the process. “This year blew my world
    apart” sings guitarist/vocalist Daniel Ellis on album opener “Heart is
    Healing.” With lush vocal harmonies (and one of the best riffs in
    Martha’s discography) “Healing” explores the uncomfortable period
    between love’s end, and when the heart is ready to move on.

    Elsewhere, the opening chords of “Orange Juice” (arguably the best
    song Martha have written to date) echo the kicking of it’s narrator’s
    heart, as they suddenly realize with fearful clarity that their
    longtime relationship is ending. “I didn’t know it then, but you were
    falling out of love with me / It’s a new development in the plan / a
    painful change in circumstance,” Nathan Stephens-Griffin sings,
    wringing out the imminent meaning in each word. Ending just as it
    begins, “Orange Juice” is Martha at their most heartbreaking, hitting
    a tender, bittersweet, middle ground between Paul Westerberg and the
    Pastels as Stephens-Griffin confesses “I don’t know what to do now.”

    But while many songs are openly about romantic breakups, most could
    just as easily about the pain of seeing the world swing dramatically
    towards the far right. As Pitchfork noted in their glowing review of
    2016’s Blisters in the Pit of My Heart, Martha explore the
    “intersections of reality and emotionality.” For a band whose
    identities are political whether or not they want them to be, daily
    life in 2018 is often a kick in the teeth.

    On Love Keeps Kicking, this vulnerability becomes one of Martha’s
    greatest strengths. Again and again, the band lovingly gives voice
    (all four voices) to lives lived on the edge: institutionalized
    children (“Mini Was a Preteen Arsonist”), outcasts (“Wrestlemania
    VIII”), lovesick demonologists (“Love Keeps Kicking”), and feminist
    sci-fi writers (“Lucy Shone a Light On You: The Ballad of Lucy Connor
    Part II”). These are the people Martha celebrate, reminding them (and
    us) that love might not be there now, but it’s still kicking.

    Maturity in punk is often code for “boring”. Sometimes that’s true,
    but if Love Keeps Kicking illustrates anything, it’s the importance of
    growth in a stunted world—of knowing how to love what you have, and
    how to celebrate the loves you’ve lost. Martha have already made a
    case for themselves as this generation’s Buzzcocks (if not this
    generation’s Clash), and with Love Keeps Kicking fans will likely find
    themselves discovering even more about the band to love. Because even
    if the world’s going to shit, love keeps kicking."

    - Mike Huguenor

    very stoked for this
     
  3. unbornwhiskey

    Trusted

    so psyched

    my friend sara plays the bride in the "love keeps kicking" video!!!!
     
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  4. local_corn

    an existential crisis mixtape

    haha that’s amazing! their videos keep getting better and better
     
  5. jpmalone4

    Stay Lucky Supporter

    Very excited, I still play the hell out of Blisters
     
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  6. Glad this lot were able to get back on their feet after the guy who produced their first two albums was outed as a sexual predator.
     
  7. local_corn

    an existential crisis mixtape

    jesus i had no idea about that. glad to hear they sorted that out
     
  8. I Am Mick

    @gravebug Prestigious

    Here for it
     
  9. local_corn

    an existential crisis mixtape

     
  10. I Am Mick

    @gravebug Prestigious

    not hitting me like the other two but a solid track. sounds like it's going to be a more subdued record
     
  11. I Am Mick

    @gravebug Prestigious

     
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  12. local_corn

    an existential crisis mixtape

    this might be my favorite single so far. hoping they come stateside again soon
     
  13. yung_ting

    Trusted

    out there
     
  14. local_corn

    an existential crisis mixtape

    yeah, looks like people who preordered it from BSM got it yesterday. i did it from Dirt Nap and haven't gotten a download yet.
     
  15. local_corn

    an existential crisis mixtape

    really into this after the first listen. aside from the singles, sight for sore eyes (especially the the last minute of it), mini was a preteen arsonist, brutalism by the river, and lucy shone a light on you were the immediate favorites. enjoyed the call back to the ballad of lucy connor
     
  16. local_corn

    an existential crisis mixtape

     
  17. jpmalone4

    Stay Lucky Supporter

    It's a solid album, I wish it maybe had one or two more slower songs to mix it up a bit more, and because they're so good at those, but that's a very modest complaint. Still need to dive into the lyrics too.
     
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  18. yung_ting

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    Thought this was really good on first listen
     
  19. I Am Mick

    @gravebug Prestigious

    This is great
     
  20. local_corn

    an existential crisis mixtape

    happy release day, y’all
     
  21. Larry David

    I'll see you again in 25 years Prestigious

    Weird that this isn't showing for me on Apple Music (just the pre-release tracks) but the whole thing is on Spotify
     
  22. local_corn

    an existential crisis mixtape

  23. This rules
     
  24. Shrek

    leave the loop, walk the maze Prestigious

    love it so much

    god bless Martha for dropping a new album with a wrestling song on Mania weekend
     
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