New Release & Video: Billie Marten – Human Replacement

Billie Marten has today shared her new single and video for ‘Human Replacement’, the final taste of her third album Flora Fauna – out this Friday. The track premiered in Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World slot on BBC Radio 1 last night and follows ‘Creature Of Mine’ in providing a window into the new record and Marten’s growth as an artist.

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.”

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.”

Billie Marten has also announced a live tour for 2021 – you can see her at the following…

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

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