ABOVE: MARTINE CRANE. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRISTINE HAHN.
When the frontman of a popular band goes solo, you never really know what to expect, but Martin Crane, longtime lead singer of the band Brazos, is taking his chances with his solo debut Physical Therapy (out November 20 via Inscape). Crane pursued this new direction without abandoning his roots, however, as Brazos bandmates Ian Chang and Spencer Zahn are heard as collaborators, and the resulting sound evinces that of Brazos. Although unlike Brazos’ indie folk, Physical Therapy combines Crane’s unique vocals with the production and textures of more pop-oriented, top 40 tracks. Here we’re pleased to premiere “Gadesco,” which was recorded live and is also Crane’s favorite track on the album.
The reverberating soundscape of “Gadesco” echoes what Crane has been working on independently, including scoring films and assuming the role of music supervisor for projects such as the Academy Award-nominated film Cutie and the Boxer and Sundance short Hugh the Hunter. “I think this song is the most cinematic [on the album],” Crane says. “It has a sweeping feel to it.”
The musician also considers the track a “spiritual” love song, written and named for a friend. It acts as a reminder to that friend and becomes a ballad with a meditative chorus (“To catch a breath is easy / A million more to go, each one you took you chose it”). “On a basic level, you choose to live everyday,” Crane continues. “So no matter how your life is, you’re living and you are surviving and you have power over that decision.”
PHYSICAL THERAPY IS OUT FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 VIA INSCAPE. FOR MORE ON MARTINE CRANE, VISIT HIS WEBSITE.