"Eric channels his love of alternative country music on his newest tune 'Can't You Hear Me Sigh...'. A known lover of all things early Wilco and Lucinda Williams, Eric's posh lyrics and punk delivery are barn-burningly backed up by Talon Beek's rhythm, Paul St-Amand's haunting trumpet, and vocal harmonies by the great Sarah Swire."
- Rick The Loser
When Eric Stephen Martin returned home to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia from a songwriting trip in late February 2020, he was exhausted. The world was shutting it’s eyes in the wake of a pandemic, and an unsuccessful creative journey left him disheartened and alone in his apartment for the first months of spring. It was these isolated conditions in which he wrote the eight songs that make up his first full length album, Dreamlike.
Recorded in the dead of 2020, Dreamlike features fellow Dartmouth-area musicians Joel Plaskett, Mo Kenney, and Thomas Stajcer. Martin sings the entirety of the album without harmonies as the band creates warm folk and country inspired soundscapes. His meandering, stream-of-consciousness lyricism wades through the waters of heartbreak, redemption, and hope, being shamelessly self-reflective and heavily influenced by the beat poetry of Jack Kerouac and 90's Bob Dylan. Dreamlike trades the humour and irony of modern indie art for a more serious and heartfelt approach.
Drums - Joel Plaskett, (ex. 3: Matt Gallant)
Gibson ES-335 Guitar - Mo Kenney
Fender Precision Bass - Thomas Stajcer
Wurlitzer, Upright Piano, Hammond Organ - Bill Stevenson
Choir Vocals - Dylan Jewers, Thomas Stajcer, Rick The Loser
Ibanez Bass, Fender Precision Bass, Gibson J-45 Guitar, 30s Gibson Tenor Guitar, Upright Piano, Fender Stratocaster Guitar, Vocals - Eric Stephen Martin
All songs by Eric Stephen Martin (SOCAN) except 'Blood In My Eyes' traditional with additions by Eric Stephen Martin.
Produced by Rick The Loser
Recorded at the New Scotland Yard with overdubs at Eric's apartment in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Mixed by Thomas Stajcer
Mastered by Alex Burris
Photography by Matt Williams
Layout and Design by Eric Stephen Martin
Engineered by Thomas Stajcer assisted by Alex Burris and A.J. Boutilier
Three First Names Records - TFN006