Marty Zylstra has a unique Canadian perspective. Growing up across rural Canada from Northern British Columbia to the prairies and Northern Ontario and back set a scene for a future music path that is as wide and all-encompassing as this country is vast. Marty learned to sing from old time gospel hymns and with influences strongly entrenched in early 60’s Beatles and the myth and legend of John Lennon to 1970’s Tom Petty and David Bowie to modern Canadian heroes Sam Roberts, the Stills, Sloan and the pop rock British invasion of the 90’s and back again. After grinding it out regionally in local Vancouver power pop band Sweetheart for the last number of years, Marty decided that it was time to stretch his legs and create something that spoke more directly to his youth and heart. A monumental and life altering short vacation to Memphis in 2012 on Elvis Presley’s birthday baptized Marty’s soul in rock and roll in the way only the birthplace of rock and roll could. Rejuvenated and invigorated upon his return to Vancouver, he started work on the seeds of new songs and ideas that have now come to fruition in these new recordings.
"Moon, the opening track from Canadian singer songwriter Marty Zylstra's latest album The Dragonfly and the Spider, is a lush, sumptious treat, a pillowy delight that you can sink into when the world get's too much. It's old school, mellow pop that sounds like the inside of Brian Wilson's head when he's dreaming." - The Devil Has The Best Tuna
"Zylstra’s latest EP sounds like a cross between Radiohead and The Beach Boys. With a
wide-spanning musical background, Marty encompasses a variety of song styles on this release, while maintaining a distinct sound and recurring themes"
The Permanent Rain Press