The Return of Martha & the Muffins

 

Here’s one that will
tweak the memories of all you first-gen new wave fans and vets: first new album
in 18 years from Canadian avant-pop legends. See video below.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Described by UK critics as “one of the most innovative of their era” and
that “even to this day they sound brave and fresh”, Martha and the Muffins return on February 2nd with Delicate, their first new studio
album in eighteen years on their own Muffin Music label. The album was five
years in the making and mixed by David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian,
Robert Fripp). The songs range from the horn-inflected “Drive” and the anthemic
groove of “Mess” to the perceptive “Life’s Too Short To Long For Something
Else” and “Love Began With Eve”, a song that Daniel Lanois stated was “one of
the most beautiful, original songs I’ve ever heard.”

 

 

Martha and the Muffins emerged from the early punk/new wave/art pop
scene in 1977 which was centered around various clubs along Toronto’s Queen Street West and the Ontario College
of Art, where several members of the band were students. The band was the first
Canadian band to sign to a UK
label and recorded their first album, Metro Music at The Manor Studio near Oxford, England.
After “Echo Beach”
became a top ten single around the world in 1980 and earned them a Juno for
Single of the Year, Martha and the Muffins toured extensively in Britain, Europe and North
America.

 

Since then, the band has released seven studio albums, three of which
they co-produced with Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel). The songs
they worked on together included the groundbreaking singles “Women Around The
World At Work”, “Danseparc”, “Black Stations/White Stations”, “Come Out And
Dance” “Swimming” and “Cooling The Medium”.

 

Martha Johnson and Mark Gane spent much of the ’90’s scoring music for
various television and film projects. Over the past few years, EMI Canada has
reissued several Martha and the Muffins albums on CD, including Metro Music, This Is The Ice Age and the CD
compilation Then Again – A
Retrospective
.

 

“Making Delicate was like
a TV reality show: love, hate, sex, death and disease, it was all happening at
once. If the music hadn’t been good, I would’ve been totally lost”, says
Mark Gane.

 

Summing up, Martha Johnson concludes,
Delicate is so
personal I feel like my skin is transparent and I’ve invited the whole world
into my head.”

 

The video for “Mess” from the new album:

 

 

 

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