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Daphne Lee Martin / Press

“Daphne Lee Martin, a New London-based singer-songwriter celebrates the release of her new album, Moxie, with a show at the Oasis Pub this Friday. Martin blogs extensively about her work. (Visit her website, for example, if you're wondering why an extended sample of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges' voice shows up on "House That Built Itself.") She wants to be understood, without having to change the way she writes. And blogging about her songs, sometimes months or years after they were written, is about exorcism and elucidation, in equal parts. "It's like staring at a piece of art in a museum for a long time, and then reading the little description on the right," Martin said by phone. "That's how it feels for me. It's also a way of sussing out the weak points, I guess, and giving myself a good laugh, how silly my mind is sometimes." (more at the blog)”

“Moxie (Noun) - 1. The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage. 2. Aggressive energy; initiative. 3. Skill; know-how. Yeah, this is a pretty good start in describing the new album from New London's Daphne Lee Martin. At the tail end of 2011 Daphne Lee Martin and her band Raise The Rent released a swinging mini-compendium of Americana called Dig & Be Dug. When rumors of a new record started to pop up it was noticeable that she was no longer billed alongside her backing band, but as a solo artist now. Well, let me ask if you're old enough to remember the days when nightclub performers dominated places like Vegas and Atlantic City. They would always do two shows per night. The early show was fun, family friendly and meant for a wide audience. The late show was always risque, maybe a little dark and meant to make you not only smile but blush a little bit. Well, there's the difference between the last Daphne Lee Martin record and this one. Moxie is the "late show".”

“From what we have previously heard from Daphne, her writing style doesn't necessarily lend itself to using electronic elements but with a little studio alchemy there is cohesion and the formation of something new. When psyche and soul are blended she keeps the piano straddling lounge imagery she's used before without using the same style of music. The smoky basement vibe is pushed straight into your face making it more visceral and less like movie magic. There are songs, like "A Little Bit", and interludes, like the one in the middle of "Cheers, Darlin' ". that seem a little more like dream sequences than real life but this keeps Moxie from being mired in a seedy atmosphere that songs like "Whiskey and Sin" and "Sweet & Low Down" create. ”

“What a joy is Daphne Lee Martin’s Moxie. This part one of a two-piece and has a street date of February 19th. This record is in the vein of Trickster Fox and Dinah Thorpe’s “12” that we reviewed a few months back with hints of Florence + the Machine. The sister EP Frost is soon to follow, until then take a listen to Daphne. There is a haunting cabaret at the outset and that general theme continues throughout. “Sweet & Low Down” has a Dick Dale-like guitar melody swamped in reverb that adds a lot of depth in the mix. “Belly” also has some tasteful and fun guitar licks. Once the chorus hits the mix tightens up around the vocalist who is comfortable yet adventurous on the entire set of tunes. A few other stand out tunes include “Whiskey and Sin” and “Whispers” which has a nice dub backbeat and golden age of radio chorus backups to Daphne’s vocals. The songs venture in and out of styles while making frequent and atmospheric use of effects...”

“Got a thirst for super high end experimental folk? Daphne Lee Martin has the tools to quench like you have never heard before. Matching remarkable production values with keen and clever words/compositions creates a masterpiece called "Moxie". The entire experience is seamless enjoyment, blissful and boastful, and unrelenting. Moxie opens with "Sweet and Low Down" which not only filled my room with deep sass but also illustrious instrumentation, some of which I can only imagine (for budgetary reasons) is sampled. This is a theme I continue to question throughout the recording: Are these instruments real? They sound exceptionally authentic, filled with attitude and performance quality. Bill Readey at Fuzzy Rainbow Productions has done an amazing job producing this album.”

“Hit play on the widget above, and you’ll be hearing the latest full-length effort from Connecticut-based singer-songwriter Daphne Lee Martin. I was featured with Daphne on an episode of Where We Live recently, and that’s how I caught on to her latest release, and lemme tell you it’s a badly behaved set of tracks. There’s not much room on Moxie for composure or flying right. It’s a liquored up weekend whose hangover lasts well into the work week. Look for this album on the Telegraph Recording Company, and enjoy!”

“Daphne Lee Martin gave listeners a 10-track live preview of her new release at The Outer Space Thursday night. Martin performed with a 4 piece band, and though it was their first time playing out together the group conducted themselves with a fine-tuned swagger. Daphne Lee Martin gave a sneak preview of her newest album ‘Moxie’ at The Outer Space on Thursday night. Their new album, titled “Moxie,” isn’t slated for released on Telegraph Co. Records for another couple weeks, which was all the more reason to play its entirety for the intimate audience in Hamden. It’s a vaudeville trip hop jaunt through dimly lit lounges and watering holes. Calling the sound alcohol-drenched would seem a little over done these days, though cocktails would be your ear’s beverage of choice. The Outer Space’s exquisite craft brews was a decent substitution.”

“There ain’t nothing I like better than ringing in the new year by listening to a brand spanking new album that gives me renewed hope that all is well in Recordville—and, strangely believe it, this happens to be that album in that it lives up to its ballsy name and double dares ya to crank it up all the way up to maximum volume with your noodle wedged right between the speakers. And if you’re of the opinion that I’d be a right fool to say that this one is already short-listed for my 2013 Top Ten list, then go ahead and slap that dunce cap on my noggin, ’cause it most certainly is.”

"Moxie has a whole lot of style, confidence, and just the right amount of self-conscious smirk. Warm and inviting, it duly manifests its role as the hooker with a heart of gold."

“Moxie, is at once cheeky, and full of verve and swing. Deftly mixing styles that don’t necessarily belong together, and ending up with with crazy good results, Martin slashes and burns her way through trip hop, northern soul, dub, klezmer, torch, tin pan and lounge styles, to name just a few. If there’s any justice in this universe, this record will be the one for Martin.”