‘Keep a Part’ is the second single from ‘Undress & Dive After’. It is a reflective song that looks into itself, deliberately making little jokes about the construction of art as a response to or in honour of a beloved muse. The vision is of a mystical windswept seaside town, full of skittish mermaids and collectable objects.
The music video for ‘Keep a Part’ was made by UK artist Rosie Carr. Using sculptured objects and abstractions she creates an imaginary world for Martha to play within. The song is both for and about the work of the film maker. She responds with pulses of disco lights rolling through green fields, and strange dances with her own hands. The literal is celebrated with the prettiest of posies, a heart shaped friendship necklace, and the two friends playing recorder together.
Listen to ‘Keep a Part’, below…
Released in April, ‘Coffee Love’ was the first single from Martha Rose’s forthcoming second album Undress & Dive After which is being released on 31 July (download / stream) and 4 September 2020 (vinyl).
Rose learnt to play the violin as a child, and studied English and German literature. She began writing songs after she was given a guitar wrapped up in newspaper by her first boyfriend. She has since gained a cult following in both the UK and Germany (especially in Berlin). Her debut album, Spit, came out in 2016 on Treibender Teppich Records. She has been working extensively with other musicians as a multi-instrumentalist and has supported artists such as Kevin Morby, Ilgen-Nur and Joan as Policewoman. She has performed and recorded with Berlin-favourites such as Fenster, Magic Island, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, John Moods and Stella Sommer.
The album’s title, Undress & Dive After, comes from the lyrics of an old English folk song called ‘Hares on the Mountain’ – about the hopeless desire of women to pursue the men they are interested in. “If all you young men were fish in the water, how many young girls would undress and dive after?” The title informed the recording and writing process from the very beginning on. Rose’s lyrics consistently follow through the threads of the heart, the intertwining of desire and loss, and evoke a medieval valour in the pursuit of true love. There is always a sense of the unattainable crush – “I’m such a liar / but it’s just cos I love ya” – permeating Martha Rose’s work.