Martha Wainwright - “You Cheated Me”
Album: I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too (2008)
Label: MapleMusic, Zoe Records
I was first introduced to Martha Wainwright’s music after hearing her open for her brother Rufus several years ago at a concert in Philadelphia. We are of course talking about the Wainwright clan of Loudon the III and Kate/Anna McGarrigle fame. I had known her previously only for her backing tracks on Rufus’ work, and was admittedly unimpressed not with her voice but how she chose to use it. Hearing her relatively quirky vocal stylings live and on her own recordings opened me up, however, and I’ve since been very invested in following her career.
Martha’s the quintessential indie singer/songwriter. With complex lyrics backed by good old acoustic folk guitar, her music is food for the ears and for the mind. A talented songwriter, she is also skilled at the art of the cover. Growing up in such a musical family, she was raised singing other people’s music, and has since appeared in the Leonard Cohen movie I’m Your Man covering “Tower of Song” and “The Traitor” and recorded an album of Edith Piaf covers (Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, a Paris: Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record). She has also recorded with Snow Patrol (“Set Fire to the Third Bar”) and has appeared with Hole and Annie Lennox. She is an excellent collaborator, but I hope we see more of her solo material in the future.
Also check out: “Factory,” “Bleeding All Over You,” “When the Day is Short,” “Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole,” “Whither Must I Wander”