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Single Review: Oli Barton & The Movement – Martyr

Oli Barton & The Movement have impressed, yet again! The alternative 5-piece band from London are breaking boundaries, creating fusions of old and new.

Martyr is a change from the norm fans would be used to. This change mirrors the recent events we’ve all seen, in conversation Oli said the song is, “a very personal release, it’s really a song about the people who helped me through a patchy period recently”.

Going on to say, “You have to look beyond the negativity, beyond the politics, beyond the media and you will find that people are ultimately always there for each other… laying their lives on the line for others… Lyrically, I wanted to pay tribute to these unsung heroes”.

The song itself is a cinematic, powerfully emotive, show of lyrical and musical ability. This indie rock piece gives way to synths, with its bittersweet melody, giving the listener a feeling of nostalgia.

Bringing together influences of 80s and early 2000s pop, reminding me of Tear for Fears, The Kaiser Chiefs, and Take That. This song is carefully considered to give any music lover something to sink their teeth into!

Produced with none other than Jules Gulon (Sam Smith, Liam Payne, Sam Fender), the track sets a precedent for some absolute bangers in the pipeline! I won’t be the first to say this but, Oli Barton & The Movement are walking in the footsteps of giants!

I feel a song like this is perfect for the times we are living in. I hope you’ll agree.

‘Martyr’ was released on 23rd April 2021 and is ahead of the release of their long-awaited mix tape, ‘pipe dreams’.

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