Bittersweet optimism, filtered through a nostalgic future. Fiercely devoted vocals and deeply reflective lyrics elevate the alt-country and brit-pop sounds of Edmonton-based songwriter Jon Martin, as his exquisite new album ‘This Could Be Our Year’ reaches the scene.
 
The new album was born out of the uncertainty of 2020-21 and encapsulates a period of transformation, joy, and introspection. The collection delivers a snapshot of still life in motion, blending future nostalgia with the ache and uncertainty of tomorrow and inevitable change.

Following an unfortunate wrist injury in 2019, doctors advised a year’s hiatus from playing guitar. Looking for a new outlet for songwriting, Jon bought an old piano and taught himself how to play. The latest album was written entirely on the newly explored keys while waiting to return to the
Jon Martin and Lovers album that was put on hold during the pandemic.
 
Boasting nine original songs, from the gentle rasp and sultry embrace of ‘Simple Things’, through the anthemic alt-Americana duet ‘Holding on for Summer’, the record showcases a deeply moving, versatile, and contemplative artist, at the peak of musical ability. The songs emerge drenched in uncertainty, passion, and possibility – reflecting on the pain, but ultimately drawing focus to the beauty and opportunity that lies ahead.
 
Consider the trembling dedication and string-soaked gospel warmth of an anthemic title-track, shining light on the thoughts and feelings that swamped us during difficulty. Fragments of heavier rock and even grunge also seep through amidst the likes of a mighty and energising ‘Lesson of the Heart’.
 
Deeply personal yet distinctly topical by nature, referencing the weight of relocation alongside that of vast global disquiet, ‘This Could Be Our Year’ combines fearless revelation with quickly infectious musicality. Brought to life by a plethora of musicians from around the world, Jon’s thoughtful compositions and ever-expressive vocals guide with unwavering presence.
 
This Could Be Our Year” was produced and mixed Jon Martin, with the exception of the first single, “Simple Things,” which was mixed by 8 x Grammy-award winning engineer Michael Brauer (Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Paul McCartney). It was released May 27, 2022.
 
Recently highlights include airplay on CBC Radio One, performing at the 2022 South Country Fair music festival, and being a finalist in the 2020 Jim Beam national talent search. Jon is currently performing in and around western Canada and working on the
Jon Martin and Lovers album (TBR 2022/2023).