New album drops this spring
Melanie Martinez reemerges with a spellbinding new trailer heralding the arrival of her hugely anticipated third studio album, Portals, due March 31st via Atlantic Records. Martinez shared the title and revealed the cover art on social media on Wednesday (Feb 22nd).
Martinez lifted the curtain on Portals earlier this week with an instantly viral TikTok video confirming the death of her notorious alter-ego “Cry Baby,” last seen considering whether to walk into the light at the beguiling conclusion of 2019’s internationally acclaimed full-length film, K-12. The exclusive trailer – directed by Martinez and streaming now – now sees the appearance of a mysterious egg from which an enigmatic figure emerges.
“Portals screams death is life is death is life is death is life. A continuous loop. A circle,” Martinez shares.
Last week, she released a 12 second sample of a song on Spotify with the lyrics “back from the dead.” The snippet was released without a title or artwork and it’s unknown if it’ll appear on the project.
Not much is known about Portals as of press time, but the album is expected to feature 13 songs with a film to follow.
Several physical editions of the project have been unveiled to include signed CDs, two different lenticular CD covers, signed CD box sets with varying album oriented t-shirt options, and limited edition vinyl variants, including a webstore exclusive limited edition baby pink with black swirl LP. A limited edition bloodshot translucent vinyl will be available at select retailers with a baby pink vinyl exclusively available at Barnes & Noble.
Portals marks the 27-year-old NYC-born singer-songwriter-filmmaker’s first full-length release in nearly four years following her two billion-streaming, RIAA Gold-certified second album, K-12, which proved a sensation upon its September 2019 release, entering the Billboard 200 at No. 3 – Martinez’s highest chart placement thus far – with further debuts at No. 1 on the alternative album chart, and No. 1 on the Soundtrack album chart.
The former Voice contestant’s last collection of music was released in fall 2020 with the After School EP. She wrapped the K-12 era with a global livestream Can’t Wait Till I’m Out of K-12 that gave fans one last opportunity to experience an extraordinary K-12 concert production. Martinez also has her fourth album and film conceptualized with further details to be unveiled.