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  • Emily Hancock

Review: "hate you to love myself" - Francisco Martin

What seemingly appears to be a song about breakups and finding yourself becomes much deeper upon listening to Francisco Martin’s single, “hate you to love myself”. This latest single from Martin’s new EP “Manic” dives deep into his destructive past behaviors. He recalls how back in 2021, he was a “terrible person to be around” and it unfortunately wrecked former lover interests and other relationships. After healing, he found out it was too little, too late to make amends and this song reflects the journey Martin went on. Realizing his actions, this song puts into words Martin’s feelings of regret and apology.

Using drums, bass and percussive support, “hate you to love myself” takes on a very rock vibe. Based on the instrumentation and rhythmic lines, the support of the vocals is upbeat and explosive. This single doesn’t rely on synths and calmer melodies, making it stand out from modern pop. Instead, it is authentic music with good potential for a live set. Martin has strong vocal talent and it’s showcased well throughout the song. Overall, Martin takes on the sound similar to pop boy band 5 Seconds of Summer. This song is a great track to listen to any time and its release is at the perfect time for summer.

Francisco Martin rose to fame following appearing on American Idol season 18 in 2020, where he placed top 5. Quickly releasing new singles and embarking on tours following, Martin has also had the opportunity to make connections with artists such as John Mayer, Maggie Rogers, and Ed Sheeran. Before his big break, Martin was still seen in the spotlight. Born in raised in the Bay Area, Martin was surrounded by a musical family. At age 9 he could sing and play drums, guitar and piano. In high school, he released music on SoundCloud and become a popular local artist. Martin draws a lot of inspiration from his love of poetry and his upcoming EP, “Manic” will showcase this along with his vast array of musical styles. This album is said to be music about Martin’s true, authentic self and will be something you won’t want to miss!

Written By Emily Hancock



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