Marta Pacek puts us under “Voodoo” with new vibe
Earlier this year Pacek found a new sound for her upcoming record Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms which comes out in Canada on April 29.
Pacek was open to a lot of different ideas going into this album, and the result is the byproduct of a lot of personal and musical growth.
It opens with “The Hunted,” an eerie, almost western tinged song. Haunting guitar and vocal harmonies highlight Pacek’s unique and beautiful singing voice.
The second track “Nothing Going On” takes on an almost ‘50s sound quality. The protagonist of the song exudes personal strength and escaping an unhealthy relationship. Pacek’s imagery vividly creates a picture of escaping into the sunset, away from the reality she was facing.
The next track is almost a transcendence of the aforementioned character. If “Nothing Going On” is about escaping a bad relationship, “One Day” is about the hopefulness of waiting for the right one, but maintains that she’ll be alright until she finds him.“Not Leaving Here Alone” is a song about finding comfort, both physical emotional, in a bar. The theme that the bar isn’t just a place for drinking in, but as a place to regroup. Pacek tells us about the perils of being far from home, and the struggle to find something that somehow brings you back.
The last song on the album, “Pass Me Over” is almost an incantation. It opens with an up-beat guitar and harmonica which augments Pacek’s delivery. This could, quite honestly, in my opinion, the best song on the album.
Her lyrics carry a motif of being able to love completely and unconditionally. There’s irony in this tune in her modesty about simply passing her over if you don’t like her. It’s presented with such conviction that leaves the impression you’d have to be an idiot to even think of that.
She not only speaks of not being able to distinguish men from wolves anymore, but how she’s far too young to be jaded about it. For any young lovers out there this is certainly relatable – the beautiful grace of unrelenting love.
This is an ideal way to end the record. It’s equally heartwarming and soul-wrenching, which sums up the entire album. If this is the direction Pacek has chosen to go with her music, then sign me up.