Monique Aiken of St Martins Releases Video for Single, Lovers.
Christchurch band, ‘Saint Martins’ was due to record an album in late April 2020 but due to our nationwide lockdown it was canceled. So instead they did a bit of reflecting and digging around in old material and found this unreleased video to share. “Although my sound has changed significantly since the release of ‘Lovers’, the bones of this song still deeply resonates with me. I still find myself drawn to perform this song with my band at every show we play.”
The ‘Lovers’ music video was filmed over a five-month period due to a very stormy winter and learning how to produce and co-direct a video for Monique’s first time. “I have since learnt that trying to swim after floating in a frozen river during a hail storm is borderline and reckless. I have also learnt that it’s never too late to release things. If anything, revisiting old creative works can lead to new ideas”
“It’s taken time for me to find myself as an artist. I have moved my voice through many genres and explored how a song can bend and change through production. I now find myself truly owning who I am as an artist which has taken me back to performing and releasing music the way it was created – raw, stripped back – & emotive”.
Saint Martins, is the recent music project of Christchurch based artists Monique Aiken, Ryan Fisherman and Chris William.
Over the past 7 years, Monique Aiken has been performing and releasing music under her own name.
After years of identifying as a solo artist, she found playing alongside Ryan and Chris gave her a new passion and freedom in her songwriting and performance. In recognition of her changing from a solo artist to a band it felt appropriate to change her name and is now known as Saint Martins.
Saint Martins have become known for their appreciation for finding humour in the mundane, and beauty in the heartbreaking moments of daily life. The lyrics are deep, the stage banter is brutally honest and their performance style is relaxed.
No one is trying to be anything but their authentic self. The emotionality of each performer is at the forefront of their
songwriting, creating an intensely intimate atmosphere for the audience.
This has led to the band favouring intimate settings such as wine bars, folk clubs and peoples private lounges.
Some of Aiken’s musical hero’s are Joni Mitchell, Damien Rice, Sharen Van Etten and Gillian Welch. Although all three musicians are established songwriters in their own right and their merging of different genres (indie folk, alt-country and electronic) means they draw from a wide pool of influences.
After a year of performing and writing, the band have two EPs in the pipeline. They have just booked in for a week in the studio for late April and are currently planning a South Island release tour for May.