Billie Marten

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Built on the minimalist acoustic folk foundations she made a name for herself with, Marten’s upcoming third album Flora Fauna is a more mature, embodied album fostered around a strong backbone of bass and rhythm. Shedding the timidity of previous work in favour of a more urgent sound, the songs mark a period of personal independence for Marten as she learned to nurture herself and break free from toxic relationships - and a big part of that was returning to nature. “I wasn’t really treating myself very well, it was a bit of a disruptive time. All these songs are about getting myself out of that hole - they’re quite strong affirmations. The name Flora Fauna is like a green bath for my eyes. If the album was a painting, it would look like flora and fauna - it encompasses every organism, every corner of Earth, and a feeling of total abundance.”

Praised for her emotive power, support throughout Marten’s burgeoning career has rolled in from the likes of Q Magazine, Uncut, Stereogum, Dork, DIY, NYLON, Clash, and Wonderland as well as garnering national praise from Sunday Times Culture, Evening Standard and The Independent. Alongside her nomination for the BBC Sound of 2016, Marten has continued to receive rapturous radio support from Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart and Greg James with multiple playlist adds at BBC Radio 1, airplay from Lauren Laverne and Chris Hawkins at BBC Radio 6 Music, Jo Whiley and Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2, and support and playlist adds from John Kennedy on Radio X.

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