Top 5 Reasons To Love Melanie Martinez
When you take a glance at Melanie Martinez's album cover for Crybaby (iTunes) and see song titles like Milk and Cookies, Training Wheels, Mrs. Potato Head, and Sippy Cup, you may expect to hear nursery rhymes. Martinez sees that expectation and raises it with a haunting twist. She found a way to take issues like love, self-esteem, and family dysfunction and wrap them up in a child-friendly pastel bow.
Martinez is currently on a nationwide tour; New York City welcomed her home with a sold out show on September 11th at Chelsea's Highline Ballroom. We got to attend and witness this rising gal do her thing, only to discover more and more reasons to love her aesthetic. Here's our top 5:
She has created a Tim Burtonesque teenage playground
At her live shows, a sea of mini-mes with rainbow hair and blue lips sing along word for word as Martinez emotively brings her lyrics to life on stage. She is the ring leader for the millennials' Island of Misfit Toys.
Cruella Deville inspired her hair style
When she was 15, she saw 101 Dalmations and told her mom that she wanted her hair to look like Cruella's. Her mom quickly said no, but that didn't stop Melanie from bleaching half of her hair the following day - her mom didn't speak to her for a week. Five years later, Martinez is still rocking the two toned hair and so are her fans.
She's bringing concept albums back
She wrote her album, Crybaby, from a semi-autobiographical perspective. She tells a story about a fragile girl named Crybaby who goes through a series of emotional events. For example, the song Milk and Cookies, describes her being kidnapped and poisoning her kidnapper with milk and cookies in order to escape. In Mrs. Potato Head she uses the toy's changeable face as a metaphor for plastic surgery. By the end of the album, Crybaby has grown stronger in her own skin. The album's liner notes are an actual story book.