Hemming Hemming on LP + Download
Hemming aka Candice Martello, is a singer/songwriter hailing from suburban Philadelphia who draws inspiration from seasoned musicians such as Cat Power, The Breeders, Metric, and the Smiths - Patti Smith, Elliott Smith, and Robert Smith, that is. Her songs are as raw as they are vulnerable and the honesty of her music is refreshing and relatable.
Her vocals have a heart-wrenching twang and each line she sings leaves you with a visceral feeling of wanting more. "When I'm sad I want to listen to the saddest songs," she said. "I want my music to make people feel things, be relatable and be a soundtrack to their life."
Songs like "Paper Crane" (a stripped-down ballad that's equal parts lullaby and campfire song) and "Pins and Needles" (a soft, almost ghostly tribute to a lover who's long since left the building) fill the track list with inanimate objects. Make no mistake; this is a biographical album, one that personifies everyday objects - from vitamin pills to original sculptures - in order to reveal intimate details about its creator.
The self-titled album is the story of Hemming, set to a soundtrack that's sometimes lonely, sometimes lively and consistently lovely. Hemming's music is heartbreakingly cathartic. Her rhythmic, folksy, room-splitting croon produces a haunting experience for her audience. With the honesty of her music, as she bares down to a song's meat and bones, it is undeniably clear that tugging on her audience's heart strings is exactly what she aims for.