Billie Marten has today shared her new single and video ‘Human Replacement’, the final taste of her third album Flora Fauna – out this Friday on Fiction Records.
The track premiered in Annie Mac’s much-coveted Hottest Record In The World slot on BBC Radio 1 last night and follows the sensational ‘Creature Of Mine’ in providing a window into the new record and Marten’s growth as an artist. ‘Creature Of Mine’ was also a Hottest Record and is currently playlisted at BBC R1, BBC Radio 6 Music, and Radio X. Billie Marten has announced a UK tour for later in the year, which includes a date at London’s EartH on 30 September.
Raised in the rolling hills of North Yorkshire on artists such as Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, and Kate Bush, Marten’s critically acclaimed debut album Writing of Blues and Yellows, was released in 2016 when she was still just 17, while its follow-up Feeding Seahorses By Hand was similarly lauded in 2019.Recorded with Rich Cooper in London, Marten’s new material blends those signature hushed, resonant vocals with a rapid pulse and rich instrumentation, her inspirations now stretching from krautrockers Can, to Broadcast, Arthur Russell, and Fiona Apple.
Speaking about the video for ‘Human Replacement’, which was directed by the award-winning creative Joe Wheatley, Marten explains: “This video is absolutely needed to match the message of the song, which was initially something I shied away from talking about. As creative discussions began between Joe Wheatley (Director) and I it became incredibly important to convey the absurdity of simply not being able to go out anywhere at night as a woman particularly, without that hideous stone-cold fear of what might happen to you. Hence every woman in the video needing the comfort and protection of full army gear to carry out the simplest of everyday tasks (like going for a run or walking home from work) and every man is without it.
My trusty safety tank gets me to the shop for a pint of milk. It’s a deliberately absurd illustration of a disturbingly real problem that needed to be addressed.”
See Billie Marten live in 2021:
Jul 31 | Y Not Festival, Derbyshire
Aug 12 | The Joiners Arms, Southampton
Aug 13 | Boardmasters Festival, Newquay
Aug 29 | Victorious Festival, Portsmouth
Sep 12 | Lancaster Library, Lancaster
Sep 16 | Stereo, Glasgow
Sep 17 | O2 Academy, Leicester
Sep 18 | Jericho Tavern, Oxford
Sep 19 | Leadmill, Sheffield
Sep 21 | Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
Sep 24 | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Sep 28 | The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Sep 29 | Academy 3, Manchester
Sep 30 | EartH, London
Oct 2 | Ipswich Sound City, Ipswich
Oct 3 | The Boileroom, Guildford
Oct 8 | FOCUS Wales, Wrexham
Oct 9 | Are You Listening? Festival, Reading
Oct 10 | Tunbridge Wells Forum, Tunbridge Wells
Oct 16 | Wild Paths Festival, Norwich