Billie Marten has shared her new single for ‘Liquid Love’, taken from her third album Flora Fauna.
To coincide with the single’s release, Marten has also shared the music video for ‘Liquid Love’ which is another collaboration with the director of ‘Creature Of Mine’ and also ‘Human Replacement’s evocative video, Joe Wheatley.
Marten explains: “This is my favourite of the Joe Wheatley visual trio. Initially I wanted the video to match the swirling, translucent watery-ness of Liquid Love, something meandering and dreamlike. I’d pictured blues and pinks, ripples, skin, wet hair and a visceral picture of real life. In the end I think we (me and Joe) managed just that, through the sheer power of simplicity and understatement. It paints a natural tranquility, using the tokens of community, friendship, family, love and warmth. All those things I was craving and pining for at the time of writing. It feels incredibly real to me as the song does too, and we weren’t acting, we were living.”
Built on the minimalist acoustic folk foundations she made a name for herself with, Marten’s 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.”
Marten will embark on a UK tour from 16 September, which includes a date at London’s EartH on 30 Sep…
Sep 16 | Stereo, Glasgow
Sep 17 | O2 Academy, Leicester
Sep 18 | Jericho Tavern, Oxford
Sep 19 | Leadmill, Sheffield
Sep 21 | Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
Sep 22 | The Cluny 2, Newcastle
Sep 24 | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Sep 25 | Dot To Dot Festival, Bristol
Sep 26 | Dot To Dot Festival, Nottingham
Sep 28 | The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Sep 29 | Academy 3, Manchester
Sep 30 | EartH, London
Oct 2 | Sound City, Ipswich
Oct 3 | Boileroom, Guildford
Oct 8 | Focus Wales, Wrexham
Oct 9 | Are You Listening?, Reading
Oct 10 | Tunbridge Wells Forum
Oct 16 | Wild Paths, Norwich