Dollhouse EP

EP Released On: May 20, 2014
Released By: Atlantic Records

release description

Melanie Martinez’s Dollhouse EP is the perfect introduction to the New York-based singer and songwriter’s striking creative aesthetic. “My music has a strong connection to childhood,” Martinez says. "I’m drawn to using toy sounds and words that feel nostalgic. I like to tell dark, honest stories about things that people usually feel uncomfortable bringing up in songwriting, and give them a sugarcoated, childlike quality."

The songs on the Dollhouse EP are based on romance, “but disguised in weird ways,” she says. “Carousel” has a creepy carnival vibe and is based on a relationship Martinez had with someone she felt she was never able to reach. On “Dead To Me” she deals with the aftermath of not being able to reach the guy on the carousel. “It’s like, ‘I’m done with this. The only way I can get over you is if I kill you in my mind.’” Then there’s ‘Bittersweet Tragedy,” which she says is about someone who is “like a sour patch kid. They’re sweet at one point, then they do something that is obviously sour, but you don’t notice it because of the sweetness. It’s the final song because I feel like it sums up the EP.”

Through her music, Martinez hopes to shine a light on the things people her age go through. “Everyone has problems and I want to sing about that,” she says. “Happiness is great, but I want to show how teenagers often feel because I still am one myself. When little things happen to teenagers, it’s a big deal. We feel like our world is falling apart even though it's totally fine. I want to explore that more in my music.”

Tour Dates
6/4 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café
6/5 - Norfolk, VA - FM Backstage
6/7 - Ashville, NC - The Lab
6/9 - Nashville, TN - High Watt
6/10 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
6/12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
6/14 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
6/15 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
6/16 - Vienna, VA - Jammin’ Java
6/18 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
6/19 - Boston, MA - TBD
6/21 - Providence, RI - The Met
6/24 - New York, NY - Marlin Room