After the ethereal sweep of the opening single, “Stay With Me,” the second salvo “In Control” is a pounding percussion-led odyssey about the battle between the need to feel in control, and the need to just let loose.
Dealing grace and grit with equal aplomb, it’s a fitting follow-up.
“This song is about wanting to return to a feeling of being in control, but only after letting go and experiencing some of the human vices that lead to temporary pleasure. I’m pretty well-practiced at living a routine, discipline, and healthy life, but I’m still a mess a lot of the time, and turn to my sources for help getting back to the sense of feeling in control.”
Like all the best sequels, “In Control” is a darker, duskier beast than its predecessor. Grappling with the all-too-common clash between the desire for control over one’s life and the temptation to throw caution to the wind, it finds Martin doing what she does best: taking the deeply raw and personal, making it something instantly relatable, and firing it off in a sonic barrage that grabs you by the scruff and won’t let go.
The majority of the track was recorded in the century-old Capitol Theatre, an Art Deco antique in Oxford, Nova Scotia not a stone’s throw from Martin’s home. With those growling lead guitars, bass, and pounding drums laid as the bedrock, the track also features all manner of sonic delights from synths, stomps, claps, clangs, and cowbells all drizzled on top. Raw and resolute, “In Control” is a thoughtful, hypnotic outing for Martin with a real emotional undertow. An anxious, urgent march that packs all the punch of a thundercrack.
Christina works with an expert consultant, Sensory Friendly Solutions, on finding ways to make her in-person and online events more accessible, inclusive, and sensory-friendly. The official music video launch of “In Control,” featured custom closed captions added to YouTube and Facebook, and the audio-described version of the music video was also released.
Howdy Canadian Beats fans. I’m a singer-songwriter based in Atlantic Canada. You can find all my music, bio, videos, and my new podcast A Chat with Heart on my website.
What was it like growing up on the East Coast? I mean, we live in a beautiful part of the world. I left the East Coast for a period of time in my early 20s to figure shit out, but I ended up coming back, so there was something that drew me back. Everyone has a story, and my complicated history and stories are sprinkled throughout my song catalogue. I’m lucky to have found great role models and friends in all the places I’ve lived -from Atlantic Canada to Austin, TX, across the ocean to Germany, and then back again.
I’ve started to work with partners to produce audio-described versions of my latest music videos because it opens up my music, and the art form of music videos, to people who are partially sighted and blind. It’s just one step to reducing barriers to accessing my art, and hopefully connecting with more people.
I’d have to say, Tina Turner. My father took me to see her live in Montreal in the 90s. I left the concert wanting to be in a rock band someday.
Arcade Fire would be a trip. Anywhere, anytime, I don’t care where.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.