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Billie Marten - Drop Cherries (Album Review)

Friday, 14 April 2023 Written by Rebecca Llewellyn

Photo: Katie Silvester

Billie Marten arrives at her fourth album knowing precisely who she is creatively. ‘Drop Cherries’ is a record befitting its name, with syrupy romantic notions placed delicately among her trademark acoustic indie-folk. 

Opening with the whimsical introduction of the near-instrumental New Idea, Marten’s hums carry across a dream-like sequence, transitioning into plucky guitar as she blends almost seamlessly into God Above. Her curt yet smooth vocals offer the first glimpse of Marten’s lyrical inner monologue: “Fresh are the flowers, and air that is sweet, bringing me back to you.”

Moments of poignancy ripple through as Marten divulges her views on love and life. ‘Drop Cherries’ gives space for soft catharsis as each track delves a little further into her world, with her head and heart forming a tender union. 

Originating from Yorkshire, Marten’s roots are entwined firmly with her take on folk. Evoking stirring images of rolling moors, ancient stone walls, luscious woodland and the yearning distance between lovers, one cannot help but sense this record serving as a sentimental homecoming of sorts. 

The title track beautifully conveys the overall tone of the record, which was recorded entirely on tape late last summer, furthering its alluring vintage appeal and sweet-hearted warmth.  

With ‘Drop Cherries’ Marten has curated an album to caress the senses, wonder at the soul, and awaken the heart. It is a sumptuous red fruit, worthy of a spot at the top of modern folk music.

Billie Marten Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Sat May 13 2023 - BELFAST Deer's Head
Sun May 14 2023 - DUBLIN Button Factory
Tue May 16 2023 - MANCHESTER Gorilla
Wed May 17 2023 - BRISTOL Thekla
Fri May 19 2023 - CARDIFF Globe
Sat May 20 2023 - LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Mon May 22 2023 - NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Tue May 23 2023 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Cluny
Wed May 24 2023 - GLASGOW Saint Luke's
Fri May 26 2023 - LONDON Lafayette
Sat May 27 2023 - LONDON Lafayette

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