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Music review: Marteen’s “Sriracha” and “Try”

Emerging Pop and R&B artist Marteen Estevez recently released his first single with Warner Bros Records. Editor Sara Rooney reviewed his official entrance into the music world as well as a song from his mixtape.

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Marteen brings a new feel to the Pop and R&B world with his clever combination of the genres and upbeat lyrics.

Marteen brings a new feel to the Pop and R&B world with his clever combination of the genres and upbeat lyrics.

Marteen brings a new feel to the Pop and R&B world with his clever combination of the genres and upbeat lyrics.

Sara Rooney, Arts & Entertainment Editor

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Marteen Estevez just recently signed with Warner Bros Records where he released his debut single, “Sriracha”. However, the 16 year old independently released his mixtape, “Focus,” along with other singles before signing. Estevez takes on a unique look, from his shirts from the 80s and 90s to his new interpretation of the bowl haircut. His style definitely fits his music well.

The song “Sriracha” takes on an unusual upbeat rap feel as well as a catchy pop sound. It also has a theatrical sound with the background piano. The line “Girl you gotta a body like sriracha!” remains stuck in my head. The music video has a downtown California look with lots of dancing. Overall, for his first single with a label, I was impressed. This song is unlike most popular songs with the clever mix between rap and pop. Although Estevez is new in the music industry, I see him gaining popularity quickly with his unique take on music. Estevez is also is the opening act for artist Dua Lipa on her North American tour. With Dua Lipa’s popularity with her song “New Rules,” her growth will only help Estevez in gaining exposure. Watch the music video below:

In August of 2016, Marteen released his mixtape single,“Try,” along with his first music video. “Try” takes on a typical pop sound with a more sentimental tone than “Sriracha”. Estevez presents himself as more of an ordinary teenager with his faded flannel, black vans and common haircut. From the music video to the tone of the song, “Try” exhibits the opposite of “Sriracha.” The video is shot in what seems to be an abandoned warehouse with a dark filter throughout the entirety of the song. Estevez’s movements and wardrobe, as a whole, display an ordinary pop artist which strays away from his new image shown in his release of “Sriracha.” The song itself is calm and slow paced which I did not like as much as his other song. Watch the music video below:

Overall, I would definitely recommend “Sriracha” over “Try” because the sound is more unique and Estevez strays away from the basic image of a popstar. I recommend giving Marteen a listen because his unique sound and growing popularity on the Dua Lipa tour show he is an emerging star.

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