Martinez – “Maryam”



“Maryam” is an effervescent and joyous slice of hook-y, soaring pop from Swiss duo Martinez, comprised of vocalist Valeria and Yvan, a well-known enginer and producer in Switzerland who has also been playing drums since age 13. As the bio states: “They met a few years ago at Yvan’s studio, Kitchen Studio in Geneva. At first, he was only supposed to mix her last record but they discovered a musical alchemy between them and decided to compose together. Without limit, just making what they love most.” This track proves to be an excellent introduction as their debut single.

On this soaring effort – which features everything from bursts of brass to sparkling synth work and a bouncy funk-laden bass line – the duo has the following to say:

“Maryam” is one of the first song we wrote together. We wanted to talk about the difficulties of being yourself in a society that is constantly trying to make you something else. When we wrote the lyrics we were thinking of a transvertite. Someone who decide to be something else than what society expect him or her to be. This very sensitive and emotional character has to be confronted to the opinion of others and the misinterpretation of his/ her inner universe.” And we are also really hooked on the visual accompaniment they have chosen. With an adorable little girl in the main role, who is conviningly acting out Maryam, the video will emphasize what´s hidden in most of us. “Maryam is a lonely working girl, doing every day the same things and living almost like a ghost. She feels stuck in a conventional life while her body and emotions claim to set her free as a child.”

Photo © Magali Dougado

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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