Denmark-based folktronica artist MARTIN BALTSER announces a partnership with Singapore-based label Umami Records, beginning with an Asia re-release of his debut hit, “Call Me Wild.”
A striking single, Call Me Wild delicately captures the complexities of childhood as one comes of age – a bewildering time of existential confusion, hormonal embarrassment, notwithstanding the first fissures of regret, uncertainty, anger and loneliness that complicates every child’s experience of growing up. Written one evening when Baltser looked back on his time at the school bench in a small town in Denmark, he explained the song’s warm origins:
“Back then I was one of those boys that had way too much energy and I could never really concentrate for more than a minute before I found myself jumping on my chair, drawing on the table, whispering to the others, or gazing out the window dreaming of running around in a muddy forest somewhere. The teacher would then tell me to sit still, stop drawing, shut up and stop looking out the window. So there I was, stuck and sweating over numbers and math that I honestly never used since then.
My song is the story of a boy with all the possibilities in the world, and a school that tries to tear down this raw and wild potential by teaching a ‘there-is-only-one-right-answer-to-everything’ policy.”
Accompanying the song is a beautiful stop motion video directed by Linnea Lorenzen Fabricius. OHESTEE praised Call Me Wild’s Bon Iver-like quality to the production -“intimate electronic atmosphere fused with folk elements”- and “a tenderness in this story that feels near yet distant like a younger different version of the present you.” GOING SOLO noted Baltser’s Anthony Hegarty-esque falsetto that could take listeners away from the first listen, with other critics (see below) welcoming Baltser as a refreshing addition to the folktronica sound.