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by Charlotte Martin

keyboard driven, harmonically lush, massively dynamic vocals singing poignant poems and stories poignant stories.
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Veins
4:27 $0.99
2. Bones
3:56 $0.99
3. Under the Gravel Skies
5:12 $0.99
4. Four Walls
4:42 $0.99
5. Cars on Crescent
2:24 $0.99
6. Days of the Week
3:38 $0.99
7. Root
4:07 $0.99
8. On Your Shore (live)
4:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
Charlotte Martin

Charlotte Martin asks questions.

"Why does your heart race when you are exhilarated?" She pauses for a moment. "Why does the body react to certain emotional cues?" She stares out the window looking to the cars racing along the heart of Los Angeles. "How many dimensions are there, really?"

Charlotte responds.

"I've had the privilege of meeting a few new muses while writing word trees and composing music." Veins is a collection of inspired awareness. Naturalistic elements seep between the piano keys underlined by pulsing drumbeats. Tempting rhythmic melodies introduce seven character-channeled songs.

The mesmerizing title track confronts loss, while "Days of the Week" explores personal frustrations with routine. "Cars on Crescent" digresses emotionally. "I believe there is magic in holding your AKG microphone out the window because the dogs won't stop barking, just stop trying to get a vocal performance," she confesses.

Among the EP's many highlights is the heartrending "Four Walls." Charlotte explains, "I am attempting to usher someone else through depression. I don't know what I'm doing. I clearly point this out, but I do care and try." Driven by human spirit, "Under the Gravel Skies" brings relief (One of us has to move/But out of the black pools I've risen up, I've risen up above/Cause I still love you). "Bones" showcases an analytical, somewhat-romantic story composed as an ivory ballad. Growing from the spirit of the lead track, "Root," also the oldest song on the EP, believes before seeing. "There is major stuff going on behind the fake smile, the grass we step on, and the calls we can't seem to return. Everything goes much further than people assume," she confirms.

Charlotte co-produced the EP with the respected Ken Andrews (Pete Yorn, Year of the Rabbit). Luring background vocals by Beth Katte compliment the layered elements of "Veins." Cellist Emily Wright (Ben Harper, Abandoned Pools) appears on "Days of the Week," bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Macy Gray) joins Charlotte on "Under the Gravel Skies" and drummer Joey Waronker (REM, The Eels) emerges on "Root."

Veins does not stray from Charlotte's classic enlivening style. As promising as In Parentheses, as invigorating as On Your Shore and Darkest Hour-Veins signifies the personal and professional growths of Charlotte's career and persona. An exploration of human relation, Veins is a glimpse of Charlotte's forthcoming sophomore full-length, Stromata.

Touring in 2003-2004 with Damien Rice, The Cardigans, and Howie Day, Charlotte expanded beyond the Los Angeles club circuit securing support from fans in the United States, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Charlotte's headlining summer tour in 2005 garnered an overwhelming response from fans and critics at numerous sold out performances including Chicago and Atlanta.

"I am obsessed with bringing things into light," says Charlotte. "I really hope you enjoy the journey of Veins and are inspired in yours."



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haunting, beautiful, just like all her other albums
i couldnt find "darkest hour " here ( an ep by ms. charlotte martin) but i wanted to say, if you get your hands on it, please listen to flood... its the starting track, and it is one of the most beautiful pieces i've heard as of late

as for this album, it is also good. what can i say.

Karen Langefeld

Great EP
I have been following Charlotte since her first EP. This record is definitely different, but WONDERFUL. She is starting to experiment with more sounds and instruments, while keeping true to her extraordinary lyrics and piano playing. Wonderful, Charlotte!


Unbelievably brilliant and she keeps getting better with each cd released. Vocally and lyrically amazing and with haunting music. A must have for any fan or anyone with the ability to hear.


Charlotte is the BOMB! Each CD is better than the last!
I am OBSESSED with the song BONES! I listen to it over and over! It is so moving! If anyone knows the words, i would really like to know them. (i can't figure some of them out). Thanks!


Wow! A girl and her piano
This is some excellent music. For those who don't know her yet - the style is kinda similar to Tori Amos but much more accessible. After having listened to several of Charlotte's records, Veins still is my favorite. Thanks CD Baby for selling this rare EP

Mary Jennifer Spengler

Wish I\'d thought of these songs myself!
Charlotte is just so good; I wish I\'d written these songs myself. I came across her sort of by accident here on cdbaby, and I\'m SOOOOO glad I did. Now I\'m a CM addict. Uh-huh. Just gotta figure out which album of hers to buy next........ eventually, I WILL have them all. ;)



I'm a huge fan of Charlotte Martin, and this new batch of songs are so refreshing, and the arrangement are quite different from her previous works. Absolutely LOVE it!I'm looking forward to her other new releases!

Natalie Cox

This woman is FANTASTIC!!!
I LOVE Charlotte, she is everything that I could want from a singer/songwriter....Great voice and Fantastic lyrics...I love her and cannot wait until she does a concert in London. Buy everything you can by Charlotte Martin...and if your'e reading this Charlotte... COME TO LONDON SOON PLEASE!!!!....


This CD kicks an incredible amount of ass!! Every single song is awesome, but my favorite is On your shore. Absolutely brilliant. Charlotte is angelic.


Charlotte just keeps getting better
Test-Drive Songs used to be my favorite EP by Charlotte. Now Veins takes off from where Test-Drive didn't dare to go. The songs sound more convincing, confident and challenging without losing the candor and sweetness Charlotte got us used to, as well as the lyrics you can easily connect with and make your own. The piano is smooth and the synths add a lot of freshness and rhythm to the whole sound. The entire EP breathes meanings and symbolisms that make it look complex and simple at the same time. It's hard not to feel emotionally hooked and want to listen to it over and over to try to discover a new little significant and suggestive detail that might have escaped. Charlotte does it wonderfully. I can probably say this is one of her best releases. If this really is only the introduction to her upcoming album Stromata, then we can but expect an even more amazing CD.
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