Having gained praise for an emotive lyricism that belies her tender years, Billie Marten appeared on the BBC Sound of 2016 long list earlier this year.
Hailing from Ripon in North Yorkshire she has music in her blood, growing up listening to John Martyn, Laura Marling, David Bowie, Portishead and Loudon Wainwright, whom she saw in concert as a kid. At the age of eight, given a small, pink guitar and taught four chords by her dad, she wrote her first ‘proper’ song.
Billie’s songs are as remarkable for their beguiling beauty as for the age of their singer; “Milk & Honey” is no exception. With a vocal delicacy that outstrips her youth and lingers far beyond the notes it leaves behind, it’s “a song about the greed of people, the thoughts that we’re all sort of stuck in this consumerist frame of mind” she explains. In contrast Billie says of the video, “This video is not to be taken seriously at all, a little light heartedness in the whole scheme of things really.”
Inspired by the well-known Japanese fable, a Samurai warrior challenges a tea master to a duel. Speaking of the concept, award-wining filmmaker and director, Rob Brandon says, “I love this song, the lyrics remind me of one of my favourite fables and I think the theme of the lyrics match the fables characters in a really unique way.”