Musicians have had to rethink how to get music out to the world during the pandemic shutdown.
Albuquerque-based country singer Kyle Martin has begun performing on his Facebook page.
He also took time off from performing to write music.
What he’s turned out is a three-song EP, “Circadian Rhythm,” which will be released Monday, June 1, on digital platforms.
The new songs are “Daddy Momma Done Gone Crazy,” “Outlaw 5 & Dime” and “Go West.”
“This one is just three acoustic tracks,” he says. “It’s me and the guitar. It was interesting to strip down and it just be about the lyrics and feel.”
Martin has been a regular in the local music industry scene for years. He’s known for churning out music, as well as performing more than 200 dates a year.
With more time on his hands, the music began to come to him.
In fact, the three songs came to him completely in dreams.
With “Outlaw 5 & Dime,” Martin says, he was cruising in Downtown Albuquerque and Nashville in his dream with a girl he knows.
“She has a key to this thrift store, and I find an old record player,” he says of the dream. “When I wake up from the dream, the entire song was complete.”
Martin spent recorded the EP at Elephonic Studios in Albuquerque.
This is the same studio where all of his previous albums have been recorded.
“I love working with Jesse Korman,” he says. “He’s able to pull the best music out of me. ‘Go West’ is probably one of the best songs I’ve ever written. The dreams have really inspired me.”
As far as writing goes, Martin says his process has remained the same for years.
“I write whatever I feel whenever it strikes me,” he says. “With this album, it happened right after waking up. Each song was so complete and vivid because of the dream.”
With venues remaining closed for the foreseeable future, Martin has a plan to release more music in the coming months.
“We have some live in-studio recordings that will be released in the next 30 days,” he says. “The goal for all of this is to get new music out to everyone. The times are challenging, but music is something that we all connect with.”