Martel is a double concept album in which Malinowski explores the lives of his relatives on both the east and west coasts — one disc is called "Pacific;" the other "Atlantic." The album's songs are based on the real and imagined life of Charles Martel, Malinowski's ancestor. Martelwas inspired by Malinowski's own travels to Europe and his family's history in France."Before my grandfather passed, he mapped our family lineage in detail, in old books," says Malinowski. "That's where I found Charles's story, and these patterns of displacement that resonated in me deeply. The Martels after Charles became sailors, privateers and pirates for the most part. It was a dislocation I felt deeply, having been continuously travelling for all my life."The result is a soulful, accessible piece of work that transcends genre and speaks to the experience of living with a Canadian past.
Martel sails to shore February 11th. Pre-order it here.
Congratulations to A Tribe Called Red on their double Juno nomination! Breakthrough Group of the Year and Best Electronic Album of the Year. Well done.
Make sure to catch this Juno nominated act live (on tour now) and pick up some of their cool merch (pictured above) while your there.
In the meantime, listen to ATCR member Bear Witness on Vish Khanna's podcast.