Review

Martin Gill’s Search & Rescue EP is a nuanced and subtle indie-folk gem

With a brand new EP hot off the press, 22-year-old singer-songwriter Martin Gill (Ruby Gill’s younger brother, surprise, surprise) is moving into his own with swift and impressive strides. 

Emerging onto the scene off the back of a 2019 Park Acoustics performance and two years taking on Splashy Fen stages, Gill is a fast becoming an indie force to keep a close eye on – and I do not say this lightly. 

He’s got that effortless indie folk-pop nuance which would pin his sound alongside the likes of early Ed Sheeran or Ben Howard. His lyricism is poignant and introspective, his melody-lines catchy and subtly anthemic. 

Summery synth meets indie-pop in opening track “Say”. “Everest” is a classic ode to the chronic over-thinker in the form of a melancholia-soaked electric guitar lead backed up by a muffled, grounded beat – while “London Town” tracks the unravelling of a relationship through breezy synth lines. 

The second half of the EP takes on a markedly more acoustic tangent. From the stripped piano-led ballad “Who Am I To Say”, to the pick-up-and-go energy of the classic run-away-together track “Japan” –  he navigates a rollercoaster of emotion before wrapping things up with a live rendition of “This Time”. 

It’s a beautifully nuanced and gorgeously curated offering, delving into the depths of self-discovery, growth, and recovery – in all the best and most visceral ways.