After spending two years touring North America and her home country, Australian alt-folk songstress Marta Pacek returned to the studio to discover a new sound for her upcoming record Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms. Out in Canada on April 29th Marta says: “I was open to a lot of different ideas this time out”. With a new direction, she was ready to stretch and grow in the studio. The 10 song collection includes the first single Nothing Going On – with a surprising hip hop feel that takes the listener on a journey back to 50’s rock ‘n’ roll. Marta released a new video for the song today. Currently on tour in Australia, Marta will return to Canada in May for a stop at CMW followed by a Canadian/US tour, and will officially celebrate the new album in Toronto on June 5th at the Cadillac Lounge.
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Her new songs caught the interest of producer Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Angus & Julia Stone, Glen Hansard) who also brought his bass playing and beats to the project. The potential heard on Marta’s 2012 album Rebel Baby has been harnessed, and the new songs are a testament to her growing songwriting ability. The record starts off with the pulsating and haunting feel of The Hunted, while Favourite Thing veers into alt-country before pulling at your heartstrings with the sombre Sometimes You Lose. Marta nods to Fleetwood Mac in All I Need and teamed up with noted songwriter Todd Clark (Pilot Speed, Philip Phillips, Goo Goo Dolls) for the song One Day.
“There are voodoo dolls and false alarms, There are vipers hissing secrets in the dark
There are princes, thieves and all their charms, There are villains selling dreams and plastic parts.”
Marta’s songwriting has been strongly influenced from early days writing with Mark Seymore (front man of iconic Australian group Hunters & Collectors). With Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms, she has harnessed an abundance of experiences into an album of personal confessions and a soundscape perfect for taking that long and reflective drive. Her career has already been sprinkled with wonderful accolades including Best International Artist at the Barrie New Music Festival in 2009, Best Alt Country Song International at the Canberra Country Music Festival in 2011 and opening for David Cassidy in Phoenix. Marta’s cover of Patty Griffin’s song Nobody’s Crying was featured on the ABC/Global series Rookie Blue, she has written for the TV series Radio Man and has also licensed her music for film. When she isn’t busy on the road with Troubadoria (her live-in touring van) she splits her time between Australia and Canada.
Jump in the van and get ready to discover Marta Pacek’s new sound with Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
|May 7-10 – CMW (Date/Venue TBA) – Toronto, ON|
|May 14 – The Moonshine Café – Oakville, ON|
|May 23 – The Branch – Kemptville, ON|
|May 24 – Schnitzels – Cornwall, ON|
|May 25 – Casa del Popolo – Montreal, QC|
|May 26 – The Monkey House – Winooski, VT|
|May 30 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY|
|June 5 – Cadillac Lounge – Toronto, ON|