Martin Rossiter – The Defenestration of St Martin

Utilising a trick that also worked very well for Jake Shillingford (My Life Story) Martin Rossiter is back in the music game after a seven year absence with his new solo record ‘The Defenestration of St Martin’. With just his distinctive voice and a piano it couldn’t be further from the full sound of his former band Gene. Sparse and honest this approach allows the lyrics and Rossiter’s voice to shine through. Ten minute opener ‘Three Points on a Compass’ is a perfect example as he berates an absent father ‘All I got from you was my name, this stupid name’ but there is also tender moments like the single ‘Drop Anchor’ or my personal favourite ‘No One Left To Blame’ the raw emotion evident from the start. But the album is not at all depressing despite the subject matter and ‘I Must Be Jesus’ is a wry song and the sort you might expect to come from Stephen Jones (Babybird). While at times there are hints of Morrissey in Rossiter’s delivery this is very much his own album and when all is said and done he has taken a bold and brave step which has resulted in an open and heartfelt record that he should be very proud of.


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