Eryn Martin goes beyond blending genres to create her signature sound. Spacious and clear, but with an addictive turbulence, Martin brings her haunting hip-hop best to “Ball” — an anthem to a life led differently.
Tying assertive hip-hop lyrics to a dream-pop core feels like a juxtaposition, but Martin shows the way the genres can bend into each other and find shared rhythms. A sci-fi synth gives eerie edge to the dream, while the dark melody reminds of fellow Torontonian artist Drake’s pacing.
The video takes on the hazy nature of the song. Whether she is staring out to sea, travelling down a pink-lit street, or twirling an umbrella like a shield, it is clear that Eryn Martin has created her own world out of the details of ours. It is here that the clip for “Ball” is set. Stark lighting choices set a spectral tone and the camera moves with effected grace. It’s a fantasy world, albeit seemingly only populated by one.