Ahead of her second full-length album, Undress & Dive After, due 31st July 2020, Martha Rose is set to release her third single from the album ‘Give It To You’, tomorrow.
But as a treat, we’re giving you the chance to give it a spin today, accompanied by a premiere of her new video…
“One day, Balayage called and asked if I’d come to the studio and sing over a sketch that they’d been making. I went along, and ‘Give It to You’ emerged immediately. Some lyrics had been cooking in my head for a few days since a funny encounter in the bar where I work. I was feeling a bit tired out, and wanted to make a half joke/half true song about how much love I had left to give. I loved playing the little keyboard solo, and we had the great honour of featuring electric guitar legend Birdie.
The accompanying video stars La Mer – a local sweetheart with a passion for hot wheels. It was filmed by Balayage on bike, with camera by Chris Krätzmann and editing by Flo Schneider. We were captivated by his positive vibe and smooth moves, and wanted to capture his evening ritual just as it is.”
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.
Undress & Dive After is an invitation to dive deep into Martha Rose’s poetic and emotional world, with all its sources of inspiration (a track-by-track is available separately) – a warm wash of Casio sounds and visual cues embedded in mystical lyricism. Cotton and water, it is a sonic vision of a medieval forest, and an 1980s village-hall disco that also references Japanese funk. It asks the listener to engage with different kinds of love, and to fiercely keep hold of joy. Rose puts herself into vulnerable positions, exploring both the cruelty and the sweetness that experience evokes.
Her songwriting process was opened up to collaboration, with sounds heavily influenced by Berlin’s Miami Nice Studio’s collection of synths, Dandy Deniz’s charming lead guitars and keys, and Garagen Uwe’s irresistible groove via his outfit Balayage. Garagen Uwe, himself a multi-facated musician and Berlin-undeground mainstay, member of Walls & Birds and drummer for not only Rose but also for All Diese Gewalt and Die Heiterkeit, produced the album together with Thomas Zehnle and Sebastian Gieck, who played bass and synthesizers. Additional guests: Can Winter (bass on Coffee Love, The Infanta) and Kevin Kuhn (Drums on ‘Keep a Part’). Mastering: Enyang Urbiks.
Undress & Drive After will be released for download/stream on 31 July and on 4 September for vinyl. For more info, head to: martharosemusic.com