Post by Jupiter's Widow on Nov 10, 2009 13:01:31 GMT -5
I opted out of the package that had the key chain. It was $8 more and my limit was $30 total and I reached $28 with the two CDs and shipping, but it'd be nice if she sells it at upcoming shows, as I'd absolutely love one.
Post by lucyispretty on Nov 18, 2009 14:10:14 GMT -5
Thanks Jessie yay!
Love the track, the beginning really reminds me of Goldfrapp.
I caved in and bought the digital download of Piano Trees, it's a cheaper option than importing the cd from the US! It's gorgeous though, well worth the money. I didn't think I could enjoy an album of pure instrumentals. I'm in love with Pulse and Then Don't. I would love Tori to do something like this.
Charlotte Martin Goes Instrumental November 16, 4:21 PM Hartford Music Scene Examiner
By: Nicole Roberge
Charlotte Martin never lets her fans go too long without a new album, so while she is in the midst of recording her next full length, “Tremble,” she took a moment to record something for her listeners, titled “Piano Trees.” And the classically trained pianist took that talent and rose to the occasion by recording a stunning instrumental album. Knowing that a lot of artists, musicians and dancers (many of her songs have been featured on the TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance?”), she directed this album to inspire artists, and she certainly did the job right, while creating beautiful music.
Martin says that she wants this album to inspire other people to be creative: “In my wildest of fantasies, I would want them to put the album on and have them create something. That would be really great for me. I would feel really fulfilled. Obviously, I can’t be a fly on everybody’s wall, but I have gotten some letters that people have written some songs after listening to the music, so that’s really cool.”
Martin’s songs are always so inspiring with the lyrics, and the music with them is always so beautiful. Hearing this instrumental album, people can still take away something so powerful from them. She is still able to put the emotion right into the music, and that she says, was something that came naturally to her: “When I write, generally, the music is first, and the emotion comes from that, and then the lyrics come. I always have my ‘word trees’ there but it basically all starts there, with the piano. It always starts with the musical aspect. We actually recorded and had so many that we had to cut down what we had for the album. It’s nice because I hit record and if it comes out great, awesome. If it doesn’t, I can just delete them.”
Since she does write the music first and then the lyrics, it is a question whether any lyrics will ever accompany these songs. Martin says, “I’ll let them stand alone. It’s a possibility that one day I might find lyrics that go to one of the songs, but I don’t want to rip myself off over and over again. Some people do that. I won’t.”
The album opens on “A Beautiful Spot Out In The Skyline,” a gorgeous, pensive song that calms the listener and brings the sense of peace and tranquility. “In All The Right Places” follows, and has a brewing melody, and then peaks into softer notes. “Deleted Scenes” is radiant, and following that, with a quicker tempo, is “Tender Luna,” which starts out quiet and then it gets louder and expands. It’s amazing how she can take a piano to such heights.
“Internalize This” is heart-wrenching. The piano is lush and swells, grabbing at you. Not everyone can make music like this or do an instrumental album, but here, and beyond, Martin proves it can be done. The percussion melds into the piano on “Colors of Numbers,” making it an illustrious song. “Geronimo” is dark and moody and opens up another layer to the album, while “Full Body Workout” sounds just like the title. “Not Natural” sounds symphonic and the closing track, “Blind Spot,” is expressive and the perfect note to end on—showing Martin’s true prowess on the piano and exposing all the talent she has.
As for Martin’s favorite songs, she says they would be, “’A Beautiful Spot Out In The Skyline’ and ‘Geronimo’, which are written about a boy who passed away from cancer, so I wrote it for him. It’s sad too. But a lot of them are very old and I could have been very out of my mind when I wrote them,” she says laughing. “So they’re kind of all over the place.”
This album can truly inspire anyone. It reaches within and pulls at you, bringing you into the song and making you want to stay there. Moving on to the next one is a whole new adventure, and as Martin takes us on the journey, she is always watching over, her piano trees swaying with us.