Roller derby has a funny way of introducing you to people that are way, way cooler than you’ll ever be.
While the derbyverse prides itself on being a diverse group, I’ve realized that a lot of players are tastemakers – influencers – and just generally “in,” on everything that’s smart.
In the case of this song by Melanie Martinez, I found it via the Facebook of another derby athlete who’s a baller. Homegirl puts me to shame on the track.
…And also when it comes to music taste.
“Sippy Cup” by Melanie Martinez showcases both her entrancing vocal style, as well as a storyteller heart, with brutal lyrics.
Martinez has a funny ability to permeate music and tv without you knowing it; she wrote the theme song for AHS: Freakshow – “Carnival.”
Her quirky style fits flawlessly with the quizzical turns that the show takes, and it’s obvious that she was a solid choice for a featured artist.
Matrinez was also a finalist in The Voice, which I found surprising for such a genuine artist. (Given that singing reality shows feature cookie-cutter artists that slip back into obscurity after a few releases.)
I feel like Martinez has the sass and know-how to avoid that fate, though. The girl wrote her whole album, conceived the character Cry Baby (modeled after the insult she’d received her whole life) and had a 19 year-old friend create all of the artwork for it.
When you look further into her aesthetic, Martinez truly has evolved, even since her tenure on The Voice.
With babydoll outfits complete with giant hair bows, Martinez fits the Blue Velvet intro, as Billboard pointed out. She’s sickly-sweet on the surface, but if you lift the tablecloth, you’ll find gore and guts underneath.
She’s got an air of Lana Del Ray, but surprisingly, with more theatrics. (And less label tampering.)
Whether Martinez’ character Baby Doll can stand the test of time (and growing up) is yet to be seen, but regardless of what direction she takes, this artist will be fun to watch grow. Let yourself become engrossed in her YouTube videos and palatable cooing now, while you’re still considered an early adopter.