Still in her early 20s, Pamela Martinez has been making music since she began taking piano lessons at 7. In elementary school she took on the violin, and by 16 she'd formed her first “noise-folk” band in Texas. She's got obvious vocal talent -- which is what's led at least one writer to declaire her an American Bjork -- but, just as importantly, she's got an innate ability to blend all her varied musical talents together in a unique and uncompromising manner.
Martinez's first EP, Untitled Volume One, has been out for a minute, but she’s developed varied methods of performing it live, and along the way she's begun debuting new material with her ever-rotating band, the Teletextiles. The album is a mixture of electronic synthesizers, string, and piano that varies in presentation – from warm, emotional ballads to quirky, heavy synth distortions. Where there is a sort of lioness tone to her voice in "Tangled Thread Drama," a sense of vulnerability still flutters about. The track below, "Inzolen," is one of the best tracks on the album, and in a live setting has been performed with visuals that include everthing from dancers to film projections. Martinez's music is mature, but there are things about her and her music that convey a young-girlie innocence.
Performing as a part of Grrl Rush – Boston’s newest female-oriented music night – Pamela Martinez will be at the All Asia bar on Monday, June 26th. Also appearing: Sara O’Reilly, Ali Beaudry. $5 / 7pm / 19+
-- Vicki Siolos
DOWNLOAD: Pamela Martinez, "Inzolen" (mp3)