Hot off the back of his latest release, “New Breed”, Soulitaire is ready for round two with “One Of Many Parts”, the next track to be lifted from his upcoming LP (10th November) via Violet Noise Records. The Austrian singer-songwriter has taken the lead from native established and up and coming artists such as Falco, SOHN, LEYYA, HUNGER and many others. The current in vogue music scene and prominent festivals in the country have not only inspired Martin Rotheneder to start from scratch with Soulitaire at age of 36, after years of work with past projects, but also boosted his own confidence to develop his unique sound, guitar playing technique and songwriting.
Martin had an early introduction to music, and picked up both guitar and percussion at age 6, playing along to afro-funk and fingerstyle guitar records. The films “The Blues Brothers” and “Woodstock” inspired his change to electric guitar in the early 90s. Rotheneder was pulled towards jazz training in guitar and attended Gustav Mahler Konservatorium in Vienna, but it wasn’t until 2003 that he found his place in singing and songwriting, signing to Wohnzimmer Records with his first solo-project Ben Martin, and subsequently released nine albums with three different bands in ten years, resigning in early 2014. However, in 2015, he found an old crappy guitar with only four strings left sitting in the corner of a room. Minutes later a song was written and recorded on his phone with the whole idea for Soulitaire laid out in his mind: vocals and guitar, nothing else needed.
With influences as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Keziah Jones, Pat Metheny and Miles Davis, Soulitaire manages to tug on your heartstrings with his percussive guitar technique, releasing a softness in the strumming and a natural loop of hand beats – bass vibrating off his instrument. His sound is reminiscent of Newton Faulkner or Ben Howard and breathes off a well-balanced weight between the classic and the contemporary, evoking a charm in the relationship between the vocals and harmony.
New single ‘One Of Many Parts’ could be best described as a sincere vow of harmony; an ambitious message of unity or a wake-up call drenched in inspiration. Crisp acoustic guitars are strummed and struck against a heartbeat-centered drum pattern, as Rotheneder’s velvet-esque voice fills the air as autumn turns to winter. Watch here
Of the single ‘One Of Many Parts’, Soulitaire had this to say: “It’s true what they say in the “About a Boy” movie, that no man is an island. Say we’re all connected and what one does will have an effect on others. This will mean we have a huge responsibility with every action we take. It means we’re “one of many parts” and in that much more powerful than we might believe ourselves to be.”