Wendy Martinez – ‘Rivages du monde flottant’


Rivages du monde flottant, the debut album from Wendy Martinez, enthralls with a dreamy, psychedelic pop mystique — adorned with orchestral accompaniments, eerie organs, and beyond alongside Martinez’ compelling vocal presence. The Lyon, France-based artist is also the co-lead singer of the ’60s-inspired girl group Gloria. The album’s release also comes with music videos, directed by Martinez herself, including “Aux femmes fortes” and “Le pays imaginaire.”

“Le pays imaginaire” opens the album with captivating mystique. Prancing piano, eerie string-laden undercurrents, and a debonair vocal drive craft ample momentum — excelling into a gripping final minute with nocturnal synth touches. Another highlight, “Le grand soir” carries that nocturnal-friendly soundscape further, weaving moody vocals and reflective guitar twangs with a dream-pop immersion.

“Blanc blast” achieves a standout stylistic appeal as well. Flashing organs, bustling bass, and ghostly vocal reflections complement a melancholic vocal-led captivation. The “blast!” sequence ushers in a peppier invigoration, momentary though wholly effective in its dynamic showcase. Rivages du monde flottant shows an abundance and stylistic and melodic appeal, propelled by the evident vocal and songwriting talents of Wendy Martinez.

“Le pays imaginaire” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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