‘Amethyst’ is the first single from Marta Del Grandi’s new album, ‘Until We Fossilize’, out 5th November via Fire Records.
In the Greek myth the beautiful maiden Amethyst, pursued and chased by the god of wine Bacchus, prays to the goddess of the hunt, Diana, to protect her from him and turn her into stone. As Bacchus witnesses the transformation, moved by compassion, he pours wine onto the stone that becomes the purple quartz amethyst.
Inspired by this story, the music video for “Amethyst” was shot in Valle Verzasca (Switzerland), where a crystal clear river flows on a bed of metamorphosed rocks, a remnant of the collision between the African and Eurasian plate that led to the formation of the Alps.
Filmed and directed by Rishi Jha
Italian-born Marta Del Grandi is an eclectic singer songwriter gathering influences from near and far to create a unique genre-splicing style, a jazz vocalist originally, now travelling her own unique and unchartered path.
Signed to Fire Records, she releases her debut album for the label ‘Until We Fossilize’ on November 5th, 2021.
In the not-too-distant past, Marta studied Jazz Vocals at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, won diplomas, dabbled with groups and partnerships, with song structures and wordplay. She visited China, then Nepal where she taught at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, before returning to Italy where she unpacked the influences and inspirations she’d soaked up.
Re-connecting with old sparring partners and collaborators along the way, she met new like-minded souls and developed a plan that had first been ignited in Kathmandu’s rarefied air where she re-imagined her relationship with music and its with her. From there, songs became soundtracks, patterns emerged, vocals drifted over electronic synths, classical structures and ambient soundwaves ran abreast; strange nuances of texture evolved.
Her vocal style matured; became folky, West Coast, ethereal, pronounced, enveloped, exotic, explorative, here, there, everywhere… a chameleon-like presence counter-balancing her music.
Marta Del Grandi has studied the fine art of songwriting, drawing from the wonderment of life, she weaves stories of marine fossils at the peak of the Himalayas, myths around precious stones and species on the brink of extinction.