Martyn Bates – Your Jewled Footsteps

Author: admin | Published: 27/6/07

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Artist: Martyn Bates
Album: Your Jewled Footsteps

Label: Sub Rosa
Year: 2006
Designer: Concept and photo by Dominique Goblet, design by Twin Peaks Mount, ‘musicians environment series, Nuneaton, May 2006′
Type of music: Folk, sort of
Notes: Putting aside the deliberately mis-spelled album title (which doesn’t sit well with me at all!), what fascinates about Your Jewled Footsteps is the domestic focus of the imagery. We’re privileged with a view into Bates’ ordinary, ’50s suburban semi. The heavy saturation of the colours, the rain, the oblique portraits and the focus upon light combine to create a subdued, but powerful setting for the singer’s impassioned music.


  1. My copy of this CD isn’t in quite the same state it was when I took these photographs. Balanced precariously on the CD player by the cooker in the kitchen, it feel onto a lighted hob and is now quite severely charred…

    Comment by colin — May 26, 2008 @ 7:48 pm
  2. Reminds of George Shaw’s paintings of Coventry (just down the road from Nuneaton).

    Comment by Stephen — August 21, 2008 @ 8:51 pm
  3. amazing. reminds me of the photo collage designs which accompany keith fullerton whitman’s later albums. specifically Playthroughs and Multiples.

    Comment by ryan — March 9, 2009 @ 10:47 pm
  4. Though not identical, still quite similar to this dude:

    Comment by Kit Mauldin — October 12, 2009 @ 3:55 am


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