Remarkably solid, unpretentious, patient, warm, sure-handed, confident. These are all words that have been used to describe the music—and likely the constitution—of Detroit area native country singer/songwriter, Martin X Petz. He’s been pouring himself and his life into his music since a very young age, and it’s likely fair to say that his music is his therapy, his meditation. In his own words, “I find re-lease and healing when I can reflect on feelings that have been crystallized in music. My hope is that as you listen, you can do the same.”
His commitment to defining the human condition through music, and sharing it with others, has connected him so strongly with his audience that his latest album, Broken Man, has seen airplay on over 50 radio stations across the USA. We were fortunate to have recently run across this unusually authentic body of work.
Here’s what we dug most…
The album’s title & lead-off track, Broken Man, sounds like something straight off of a Quentin Tarantino film score. From Petz’s rustic vocals (which have overtones of rocker Glenn Danzig), to the trombone, to the electric steel slide off in the distance, the track is unusual in the best of ways.
“I find re-lease and healing when I can reflect on feelings that have been crystallized in music. My hope is that as you listen, you can do the same.” –Martin X Petz
Castaway is a slow and sweet acoustic/electric ballad which takes its time, the opening chords of which immediately bring to mind Scott McKenzie’s San Francisco.
Heart & Home, the album’s fifth track, creates a perfect high-point in the dead-center of the project. Radio ready & worthy, this youthful, confident, soulful country-rock number is perfect for your Friday night playlist…
“Leave your heart, leave your home
Leave your past behind, and have a change of mind”
Our Favorite Track:
Chained concludes the album in genuine fashion. The song’s opening verse has a Johnny Cash-esque feel. Subtly the album’s most emotionally expressive and moving piece, Petz, once again, accomplishes this simply, with an acoustic guitar, a dash of keys & percussion, and his smooth and stoic vocals.
It feels relevant to mention that, as a lifelong music lover, and a musician of about a decade, I’ve got a few playlists that I’ve been building for many, many years. It’s tough—damn tough—to get a song placed in one of these playlists. Chained just made the cut.
Crystal clear production and musicianship, and simple, down-to-earth songwriting make Broken Man a fundamentally solid project. It sneaks up on you (just how good it really is), which may have something to do with its unusual, innocent quality. His voice is an island all its own, requiring very little supportive harmonies (if any), or additional background instrumentation to completely fill-out each song. (BTW, this is rare.) At times while listening, I found myself wondering if even Petz himself was fully aware of how wonderful this album is, or is it all just business as usual for him?
I think what it boils down to is that, currently, what becomes popular is often hard, angsty, and divisive. Yet, Martin X has managed to gather ears and draw a crowd with the polar opposite, as his songs are soft, humble and inviting. He does not speak figuratively from an entitled pretext. He simply discusses his life, as honestly as he possibly can, while backed by extremely well-constructed melodies…a formula other artists would do well to emulate.
Cash, Orbison, and The Door’s Jim Morrison. Think I’m nuts? Give it a listen…
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