Christina Martin Two Hearts

Like Jenn Grant and Jill Barber, Christina Martin is an East coast gem. Her modern approach to the folky singer-songwriter tradition is both sweet and sophisticated, carrying her love for music throughout her lacy vocals and swelling melodies. On her sophomore release, Two Hearts, Martin explores the theme of hopeful longing. Each of her nine songs develops its own personality. "Temporary Hell” is shy but stunning, while "You Come Home” is a mellow stargazer and "Hard Day In June” is a reserved dreamer. Christina Martin bares all on Two Hearts, thanks to her natural storytelling abilities and innocent heart. Fans of Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch will soon find Two Hearts getting as much airtime as the classics. (Independent)