Many years have passed since Sweden’s Dear Martin blessed us with new music. No one seems to know why the music-making stopped in its tracks or why this hiatus lasted so long. The main point we should be pleased about is that Dear Martin has released a new track, “So Much for the World” and forms the introduction of his forthcoming EP “Out of the Woods“.

It’s been a while since we met Dear Martin, so let me first remind you of him. In 2009 Dear Martin releasedThe Dearest,” an album made for dreamers and underdogs: pure pop escapism with a tinge of British 80s electro sound. This critically acclaimed album brought him to our attention soon, wooing us over as fans. Martin once played our EQ Music Live night for us also.

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My thoughts are maybe the pandemic and the chance to be extra contemplative has tempted him back to music.

But as Dear Martin clarifies…

“After aeons of time recording sketches and demos, that moment finally arrived when it all flipped. We were in a bar late one night when I got the question if I wanted to release my music on No Bad Days Music“.

A year later, he’s out with “So Much for the World“. A track steered by poignant lyrics, “the tale of man’s endless need for more of everything. The crash between the most beautiful versus the, ugliest, most, greedy side of human culture“.

This track sounds like a nostalgic daydream, dripping in shimmering synths. The melody brings on warm feelings. Evoking blue skies, green rolling hills, and stunning landscapes drenched in the summer sun. In stark comparison, the lyrics drift towards darker themes, pricking the conscious on environmental and climate change issues. However, the track resonates only deeper now because of the current atrocities ongoing in the Ukraine and Russia.

In any case, Martin shouldn’t feel uneasy about the release of his song. (I gathered from the comments he left on the release of track that he felt this way, a bit). There is never a bad time to speak up about mans’ destruction of nature, the planet of one another even. Especially with the kind of sensitivity that Dear Martin’s shimmering synth-pop music gives the world.

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