Billie was personally invited to support Snow Patrol on their upcoming US tour, starting May 10th in Denver. Thanks to club member and the drummer for Billie Marten's band, Jason
Billie was personally invited to support Snow Patrol on their upcoming US tour, starting May 10th in Denver. Thanks to club member and the drummer for Billie Marten’s band, Jason Odle, Billie will perform for The Harrogate Club on June 10th.
Billie Marten has been releasing music since she was fifteen; an age when most people are still struggling to piece together their identities bit by bit. Juggling constant travelling and packed recording schedules with A-Level revision and plotting out her own path through life was a tumultuous period. In the years since, she’s been working to unpick the whirlwind.
Her acclaimed debut album Writing of Blues and Yellows arrived while the young singer was still at school, and two years later, the revelatory follow-up is the result of unlearning everything she thought she knew previously.
After leaving school, Billie packed her bags, and left behind sleepy Yorkshire for the garish hubbub of London. Starting work in a pub and observing the never-ending conveyor belt of curious punters that propped up the bar, she gradually begun to find her feet in the capital.
Her songs – originally written more as fragmented journal entries than anything else – gradually began to peer outward at the people around her. Feeding Seahorses By Hand takes a magnifying glass to the outside world, giving a fictional appraisal of Donald Trump from the perspective of his daughter on the saccharine ‘Cartoon People‘, and poking fun at unnamed politicians on ‘Betsy‘.
“I feel like I’m more awake to society than I was aged 15. That’s bound to happen,” she reasons. “This record is definitely not as much about me. It’s about my view on other people, other things.”
Recorded largely on four track tape at producer Ethan John’s house in Bath, Billie Marten dedicated every second of her time to the record over two intense but rewarding weeks. The result is an honest, imperfection-speckled album from an artist long unbothered by the idea of achieving a flawless gloss.
Billie’s album Feeding Seahorses By Hand was released on April 26th.
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