Marta Pacek

Marta Pacek

 Elwood, Victoria, AUS
DuoFolkAmericana

This alt-folk songstress has an intense, moody and brooding take on the genre. be prepared to be broken open by this songbirds dulcet tones and heartfelt confessions.

Biography

Marta Pacek, grew up on the outskirts of Australia's capital Canberra. She now splits her time between Melbourne, AU and Brooklyn NY. 

She began her career writing and recording with Mark Seymour, front man of iconic Australian group Hunters & Collectors. With a handful of songs she had co-written with Seymour, Marta recorded her debut EP with Cameron McKenzie and Mark Seymour. She later went on to record a further 4 tracks with producer Danny Simcic (Real Life Send Me An Angel) and UK ex-pat Martin Van Hoof Jenkins to complete her self-titled full release.

In 2008, Marta was approached by Toronto-based management and found her way to Canada. Within a year, Marta was opening for her collaborator, Mark Seymour on his North American tour.

Since then she has taken the time to hone her craft while living and touring throughout the U.S. and Canada.
In November 2010, Marta was awarded Best Alternative-Country song for her single A girl gets by at the Canberra Country Music Awards, She also won Best International Artist for her single Loving is easy at the New Music Festival, Ontario Canada.

She has graced stages big and small having showcased at many national and international music festivals and conferences including, Queenscliff Music Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, St Kilda Music Festival, Mount Beauty Music Festival, Canadian Music Week, NXNE, Folk Music Ontario Conference and Indie Week Canada. She also opened for the Partridge Family's David Cassidy in Phoenix, AZ as part of the Marriott Hotel Music program.

During her European dates, Marta was approached by classical conductor Giancarrlo Urso and first violinist Maurizio Azzarello with an interest in writing orchestral arrangements of her compositions. As part of a special live DVD release featuring tracks from Rebel Baby, Marta returned to Italy in December 2010 for a Christmas concert backed by the Gala Orchestra of Milan in the 18th century Teatro Di Sociale.

Marta's intense and moody writing style has gained her attention in the film & television industry recently when her cover of Patty Griffins Nobody's Crying was licensed for use in ABC's popular television series Rookie Blue, seen by over 7 million viewers in the U.S., and millions more worldwide. She also wrote the song In The Name Of Love to be licensed for Canadian Director Devaashish Khannas film Fondi 91.

In 2012 she released her second full length album Rebel Baby with Jason Mercer (Ani DiFranco & Ron Sexsmith) and emerging artist Peirson Ross. Rebel Baby featuring 27 world-class musicians including Canadian alt-country artist Justin Rutledge on backing vocals and Jerome Godboo (Phantoms) on harmonica.

Marta's third full-length album Voodoo Dolls & False Alarms was released in March 2014. For this release she worked with American producer Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Angus and Julia Stone). A slight departure from her alt-country leanings sees Albetta experimenting with electronic drumbeats behind her neo-folk compositions.


Lyrics

Twisted with love

Written By: Marta Pacek

Step in to the marvelous coincidence of life
Swallow all the evidence chase it down with some pride
The first to leave is a liar believing in something clever
Where in the world can god exist when bad news travels better.
Bad news always travels better

And u know, u know how good it feels to be twisted with love
And yet it’s hard to realize exactly when you’ve had enough
Of love and love, love love

Take a leap inside the deep, deep end of desire
Torn apart, twisted hearts, walk the high wire
Nothing given, is nothing is gained
And love can take her time, but Freedom’s truth is
A trick on youth pulling at ties that bind

A Girl Gets By

Written By: Marta Pacek & Neil Murchison

So you thought you had it made
Thought that you’d just walk away and walk on by
You kept me hidden in the shade
While you began spinning silly lies

But a girl gets by in a foreign land
There’s no shortage of a helping hand

I don’t need no money cause I got more
And I’m on my own now that’s for sure

I don’t need you babe
I don’t need you babe
See me walking out the door

I don’t need you babe
I don’t need you babe
Cause I can’t love you like before
Cos a girl gets by

Said you had to go away, working for the CIA in your spare time
I do hope you’re working hard cos I stole your credit card
Is that a crime?


Milk and honey

Written By: Marta Pacek

For the same amount of money
I could buy my boy some honey
A picture book the same old story
Who gets the girl and all the glory

We never find it when we need it
It always longs for us to feel it
But paranoia is not believing
In what to give and who’s receiving

And we could live till the sky falls in
And we could live forever

In the land of milk and honey
There’s no measure there’s no money
There is just a river and it’s running
Like the clouds rolling by

Riding in the wood on horses
Light and free our thoughts & choices
Featherlike

Back to the middle

Written By: Marta Pacek & Neil Murchison

I’ve been down and out
I’ve been making ground, I’ve been living

I’ve been black and white
All day & night I’ve been giving

Been flying high
Till I lost my mind to the living

And I’ve been cutting ties
With the alibi’s I’ve been running

Still this life I’m living keeps me running away
And there ain’t nobody asking me to stay
When there’s nothing left here to keep me right
I come back to the middle

I’ve been playing hard
Till I showed my cards to the devil

And I’ve been coming down
Since I lost my crown in the struggle

Been getting around
Been living loud in the city

And I’m working hard
For a life that I believe in

I’ve been letting it slide
Paying no mind to the season

And I’ve been loving wild
Then leaving for no reason

In the name of love

Written By: Marta Pacek

Is that thunder I can hear
Who’s that whispering in my ear
And I think we should be leaving pretty soon

With our bodies, we’ll decide
Should we live or shall we die
Will we ever get out of here alive?

One day pretty soon
You’re gonna see that we really could’ve made it
In the name of love

One day real soon
You’ll see the strength it took to remain in good grace
What a feat to turn back the page
All In the name of love

Maybe take me by the hand
Maybe take me as I am
We will outgrow this world full bloom

Cos there’s a fire in our eyes
When we let our worlds collide
And we’re dancing our way across that line

And I hope that you don’t mind
If I leave my good sense outside
And decide to stay another night

A way to fall

Written By: Marta Pacek

Don’t watch me come undone
Like a loaded revolver
Keep walking straight ahead
Don’t look past your shoulder

Cause I’m in lust with you in anger
In love with you in pain
And if you’re searching for the answer
I’ve got nothing more to say

Cause we all have a way to fall

And I can still remember
The way it all began
The struggle for survival
Between a woman and man

So here’s to looking out for each other
To keeping our spirits safe
And from one bullet hole to another
I hope you find a better place

Nothing Going On

Written By: Marta Pacek & Neil Murchison

Oh baby, don’t know what you believe
But you can’t trust what you think you see
There’s no evidence for conclusions drawn
Cuz he and I’ve got nothing going on

You may have heard ‘bout another one
But it’s been years since we’ve been done
And it ain’t like me, to look back on a setting sun

More and more every single day, I dream of
cutting loose and running away
From your little world but you just keep holding on

Oh baby, don’t know what you believe
But you can’t trust what you think you see
There’s no evidence for conclusions drawn
Cuz he and I got nothing going on.

Baby, baby don’t you look at me
With those judging eyes and jealousy
What you’re thinking, you know it just isn’t right

Why the hell tell me would I lie
Just to stay out a little late at night
And maybe baby I was just having me some fun

Oh baby, don’t know what you believe
But you can’t trust what you think you see
There’s no evidence for conclusions drawn
Cuz he and I got nothing going on.

Stop accusing me
of crimes I’ve never done
Cuz you’re abusing me
Like I’m vixen on the run

Oh baby, don’t know what you believe
But you can’t trust what you think you see
There’s no evidence for conclusions drawn
And don’t you mind not looking at me
With those judging eyes and jealousy
You should now by now you’re my only one
Cuz he and I got nothing going on
He and I got nothing going on
He and I got nothing going on
He and I we got nothing going on

These Days

Written By: Marta Pacek & Neil Murchison

These days in the underground
I'm keeping me safe keeping me sound
Won't let your games tear me down

Cause it's been 97 cold days
Of digging my own grave
Waiting for the next train
Bound for your heart

Get out of my head
Lets lay this heavy down
Kindly loosen your grip
And get out of my town

Cause I've been thinking
I could loose you in my drinking
And this town is sinking
I'm not your moonlight anymore

I lost my mind in Southern Ontario
Along with the dream I left there
And I guess I'll find my own way back home

Cause it's been 97 cold days
And you seem to like it that way
No use waiting on the late train
Bound for your heart

Get out of my head
Lets lay this heavy down
Kindly loosen your grip
And get out of my town

Cause I've been thinking
I could loose you in my drinking
And this town is sinking
I'm not your moonlight anymore

I'm sinking, I'm sinking

97 cold days
And you seem to like it that way
No use waiting on the late train
Bound for your heart

Get out of my sight
I'm laying this heavy down
Kindly move it along
N' get out of my sky

Cos I've been thinking, as this moon is sinking
And this time we're drinking
I'm not your moonlight anymore

Thar She Blows

Written By: Marta Pacek

She walks through the door
Beckoning me, singing the praise of what I need
And laughing she’s laughing

Seems time has made a fool of me
Holding my breath between her teeth
She’s laughing, laughing

But oh thar she blows
Oh oh oh thar she blows

The Promise of love is leading me
She sweeps me gently off my feet
Are dancing and so we’re dancing

But like a ship afloat the wailing sea
This curse shall have her way with me
While dancing and laughing

But oh thar she blows
Oh oh oh thar she blows

There are voodoo dolls and false alarms
There are vipers hissing secrets in the dark
There are princes, thieves and all their charms
There are villains selling dreams & plastic parts

Sometimes you lose

Written By: Marta Pacek

I’ve been living in a bottle
Laying low where the sun don’t dare to shine
I’ve been walking a head empty highway
Looking for something to relieve my mind
This could be heaven, sleeping in the arms of hell

Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose
These things in life you don’t get to choose
Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose

Feeling through empty suitcases
Playing nice as the pleasantries begin
Worry & trouble carry me now
Through this wayward life I’ve been living
And nothing can save me now

No time for loving you

Written By: Marta Pacek, Neil Murchison

No Time For Loving You C2 Oct. 2012

G Em C D

Our love is like a wounded bird G Em C D
We try to fly but it’s so absurd
Won’t let it have its last say
Even though it’s dying a little every day

I don’t suppose you have a clue C Em
Of what we are gonna do

But I can see you through til morning C G D Em
Then I’m giving you fair warning
There’s just so much I gotta do
And I hate the pain that leaving brings
But you always knew I came with strings
It’s gettin’ old but this is nothing new D Em
I just ain’t got no time for loving you C D G

Our love is like a rodeo
All enclosed but out of control
Never really stood a chance
Of making this the big romance

Maybe I should take a stand
I know this wasn’t in the plan

Chorus
Bridge Csus Emsus D Emsus
Csus Emsus D Csus

Double Chorus

I just ain’t got time for it, I really have no time for it
I just aint got time for loving you

I really aint got time for it, and time is all that I think
I really don’t have time for loving you.