- DateJune 15, 2013
After the heyday of angry girl music (“The Donnas”, “Hole”), the estrogen-powered Lilith Fair and the short-lived reign of post-teenage pop princesses Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton, some might be quick to dismiss Martina San Diego as another “girl with a guitar”. Her debut album, “Blank Walls”, destroys that stereotype as she opens it with, “Wanted”—an acoustic guitar-driven anthem about refusing mediocrity and yearning to be more. The NYU Music Ed dynamo further showcases her vocal and guitar prowess in “Guard Down”before taking you to a melancholic journey in “Crystal Clear”. Clearly open to variety, she turns the mood around with the upbeat fourth track, “Someday”, with its playful bass intro, laden with whimsical vocals and trumpets. She tones it down next with the breezy “Stars”, which makes you want to go on an impromptu night drive with the top down. The album wraps up with a similarly-titled track, featuring her trademark breathy vocals and a raw songwriting style which could only come from the soul. Fresh, easygoing and understated, “Blank Walls” is a solid freshman effort from this Filipina talent whose musicianship is a force to be reckoned with.