Brad San Martin has secret charisma. He is Secret Charisma, a one-man home-recording project composed of off-kilter pop songs, audio experiments, conceptual quandaries and frozen moments.
Best known as a member of One Happy Island, the internationally-known micro-orchestral Boston pop collective, San Martin has also been known to contribute onstage instrumental support to bands such as Let’s Whisper, the Marshmallow Kisses, Boy Genius and King Wilkie.
In 2009, WeePOP! Records released his self-titled debut EP — actually a 14-minute headphone opera about coming home — which featured a cast of indiepop luminaries, including Kristin Andreassen, Nichole Ferree, Desmond Reed and Mark Robinson.
His new single, “Complications,” is drawn from the upcoming 22-track anthology Satellites: Home Recordings & Demos, 2004-2009 (Casa Nueva Industries, CN-1010). “Complications” features two b-sides unavailable elsewhere: “Angel, Please,” a propulsive lo-fi pop song, and “Lord Thomas,” a disarming, unsettling version of an ancient murder ballad.