We had Justin Martin here for a gig in February – and between the slamming set he played, goofy grin and bad puns, we got to know one of the most fun guys we’ve ever met. Justin’s debut album, “Ghettos and Gardens,” has that same sense of fun, but there’s also something solid about it: track after track, it’s catchy melodies – but with a kind of weight – the strings and pads have a sadness to them, and then when the bass drops you’re released from the emo stuff.  (It’s difficult to be melancholy and dancing your face off at the same time.) dirtybird label boss Claude Vonstroke puts it best: Justin’s two sides are like “sunsets vs. cyclones, roses vs. razors, and bunny rabbits vs. wolverines.”  And we’re licking it up.  
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