“Unbelievably beautiful” Independent on Sunday
“Striking songwriting from a teenage prodigy…” CLASH
“A vocal delicacy that far outstrips artists twice her age” Consequence of Sound
“It seems impossible that a teenager can summon towering, windswept emotions of a Wuthering Heights scale, but here we are.” Stereogum
Billie Marten has announced details of her debut EP for Chess Club Records, ‘As Long As’ released November 13th. The four-track EP includes the stunning new single ‘Bird’. The release follows the success of her 2014 EP Ribbon, which saw 16-year old Billie receive, plays across Radio 1 (Huw Stephens, Zane Lowe, Fearne Cotton), 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, XFM and Amazing Radio. Billie Marten will make her London debut at Blue Flowers on 27 September, followed by an appearance at FESTIFEEL and a support tour with Lucy Rose in October.
The four songs on As Long As are as remarkable for their beguiling beauty as for the age of their singer. All are at once intimate and airy, like secrets blown in on a breeze. All have enchanting lyrics that linger long after they have left Billie’s lips. All showcase a voice so perfectly pure it sounds almost otherworldly. The tracks were written over the past year, whilst Billie studied for her GCSE’s, alongside travelling to London from her home in Ripon, North Yorkshire for meetings and live shows.
In Billie’s own words lead track Bird is, “a song about how words can truly affect people, not always for the right reasons”. It’s an exploration of vulnerability, and how you can feel trapped in your own space all the time, even when no-one is actually with you. (“Hope is a distance unreached, ink on her skin incomplete, And the faint sound of friends, As she neared to the end she had peace”).
‘As Long As’ will be available digitally on 13th November and physically, via. 10” vinyl on 20th November. ”Bird” is available now.