ASFTD #323: Billie Marten – Milk & Honey

Billie Marten… We posted about her track ‘Heavy Weather’ last year and now she’s back.

A lot is made of Marten’s age but it is remarkable how she is putting out songs of this quality at only sixteen years of age.

A perfect companion to a sunny morning, much like today.

Billie Marten is pleased to announce details of a new single, ‘Milk & Honey’ released on 22nd April through Chess Club Records & RCA, alongside a run of UK festival dates this summer.

‘Milk & Honey’ follows the success of Billie Marten’s latest single ‘Bird’ which was playlisted at Radio 1, 6 Music & Radio X, saw Billie sell-out her debut London show, enjoy shows at Radio 1s Future Festival and make her debut US appearance at this year’s SXSW. Having gained widespread acclaim for an emotive lyricism that belies her tender years, Billie Marten appeared on the BBC Sound of 2016 long list earlier this year.

Hailing from Ripon in North Yorkshire she has music in her blood, growing up listening to John Martyn, Laura Marling, David Bowie, Portishead and Loudon Wainwright, whom she saw in concert as a kid. At the age of eight, given a small, pink guitar and taught four chords by her dad, she wrote her first ‘proper’ song.

Billie’s songs are as remarkable for their beguiling beauty as for the age of their singer; Milk & Honey is no exception. With a vocal delicacy that outstrips her youth and lingers far beyond the notes it leaves behind, it’s “a song about the greed of people, the thoughts that we’re all sort of stuck in this consumerist frame of mind” she explains.
‘Milk & Honey’ will be available digitally on 22nd April and physically, via. 7” vinyl on 10th June and is backed by the sublime La Lune, with production duties once more courtesy of Rich Cooper (Mystery Jets, Cloves and The Temper Trap). ‘La Lune’ is “a nostalgic nod to a time last summer where I really badly sunburnt my face, but also about instinctive feelings of being home, without the ‘heat’ of everything”. A debut album will follow in the autumn.

Live Dates:
Friday 1st July Blissfields, Winchester
Saturday 2nd July Barn on the Farm Festival, Gloucester
Saturday 16th July Latitude Festival, Suffolk
Sunday 17th July Citadel Festival, London
Sunday 24th July Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon
Friday 29th July Standon Calling, Herts
Saturday 30th July Camp Bestival, Dorset
Sunday 31st July Leopallooza Festival, Cornwall
Saturday 10th September Bestival, Isle of Wight