New Release & Tour: Billie Marten – Feeding Seahorses By Hand / Betsy

Photo Credit: Katie Silvester

Billie Marten has announced details of a new album, Feeding Seahorses By Hand, out April 26th via Sony/Chess Club Records. The record comes over two years after the release of Writing Of Blues And Yellows, released in September 2016

Lead single, Betsy, was written back in 2017, with friend and long-time collaborator Rich Cooper….

“It was the first time I’d tried jamming with someone and had the pressure of writing instant, spontaneous lyrics. They poured out actually, it’s about confronting a politician, no one in particular, but sort of ridiculing them. I liked the idea of using number 9 instead of 10. I didn’t want the big political stance, and I didn’t want to single out a specific human, it’s representing parliament as a whole institution really. The song turns the wise old politician into a child, infantilising them takes away their power. I think most people feel a bit unsafe with it all, because it’s impossible relate to these characters. No one shows any personal weakness or empathy, and if they do, they’ve already cracked”

Listen to Betsy, below…

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 will tour the US in May, supporting Snow Patrol and will return to the UK for a headline tour beginning on June 5th in Birmingham and concluding on the 13th June at London’s Islington Assembly Hall…

5 June – The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
6 June – Poetry Club, Glasgow
8 June – The Sound House, Dublin
9 June – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
11 June – The Wardrobe, Leeds
12 June – The Exchange, Bristol
13 June – Islington Assembly Hall, London