The 21st-century world is constantly seeing emerging new genres, yet still very few are capable of pioneering the next ‘wave’ in music. The underground scene has scarcely seen an artist capable of breaking barriers, that is until now. Eryn Martin has been on my radar for months, her sound is just way too bold and daring to ignore. From her tracks such as ‘Sk8FASTEATASS’ to ‘Ball’ there is no doubt she is innovating music with her lyrical boldness and gusty sound. Some question her genre, Is she pop? Would you say she’s hip hop? Is she indie alt? I’d say she’s been declaring her own rules and rewriting the script to what legends sound like. Martin’s productions consist of melodic filters, luminescent gloomy chords, and rough 808 glides that spark a feeling similar to addiction. Her use of hip hop beats with her angelic vocals has created a signature sound I’ve never heard before.
“I just started putting my voice over A$AP Rocky Songs and Claim Casino beats”
What drew me to Martin’s music was the change of perception I experienced while playing her tracks. Martin’s music is so versatile yet so exclusive to any genre curators attempt to place her in and she conquers each of them. The ‘Fans Also Like’ section on Spotify link her name with artistic leaders like Juice Wrld, $uicideBoy$, Lil Peep, iann dior and other alternative hip hop artists that clearly make you realize how Martin’s songs bring a liberating aesthetic to that particular crowd. One aspect I’d like to highlight is although Martin has been placed aside to these musical icons, her sound still shines strong beyond the bunch. From what I’ve witnessed, nowadays music is scripted, pre-written for radio hits, or created in an attempt to mimic a catchy sing-along anthem. Martin has birthed her narrative by dropping music so dauntlessly with her captivating lyrics while maintaining her free flow of unspoken truths.
Her fresh single, ‘Middle Class’ illustrates the unforgettable memories that Martin experienced with her social circle. This track is a perfect piece of her stellar vocals across glitchy beats and hysteria sounding instrumentals.
“IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE, IT’S ABOUT HOW MUCH FUN YOU’RE HAVING. SHITTY BARS, AND SKETCHY HOUSE PARTIES WILL FOREVER BE MY FAVOURITE MEMORIES. REALITY IS WE’RE BROKE BROKE BUT PARTY LIKE THE RICH”
Her lyrical phrases and mellow style have captured a niche audience that more teens and adults have been able to discover themselves within. What I believe is most compelling of the artist is the authentic fearlessness and truth behind her story in which she exposes the highest moments of her life. This song is no doubt a blur of fun distorted memories that many of us daydream of. This new tastemaker collects influences from across the board from artists such as A$AP Rocky, Billie Elish, ScHoolboy Q, and the Gorillaz.
“ScHoolboy Q is a huge one for me, everything about the guy inspires me. I listen to a lot of Drake’s music too, he’s always ahead of the game and inspires me to dream big. Gorillaz, Metric, Mac Miller, BROCKHAMPTON and Stormzy are also a few other big influences.”
Her translation of uncut experiences into velvet vocals and grungy instrumentals make Eryn Martin the most cutting edge act I have witnessed this year. Eryn Martin’s music serves as a compelling offer for a sure-fire artist to watch title. The collection of stormily pure tracks like ‘Ball’ ‘Namesez’ ‘Blonde’ and ‘Middle Class’ sets the tone for her upcoming EP set to drop later this year. I got to say, I seriously can’t wait.