106023Chess Club – September 23rd

Listening to Writing Of Blues And Yellows, it’s really no surprise that Billie Marten has been doing this since the age of eight. The connection between twanging, folky acoustic or melancholic piano work and Marten’s vocal is completely effortless from start to finish. Indeed, when even the beautiful accompaniment is taken away in the album closer, she flourishes as we’re given a true insight into the young Yorkshirewoman’s incredible understanding of melody; sounding ageless, classic and subtle all at once. Somehow the LP feels as thought-provoking and otherworldly as it is joyfully familiar and easy on the ear. Bucolic, gossamer and fairytale-like, it’s a debut of wild assurance beyond young years and you feel Billie Marten is in it for the long-haul.

Buy: Billie Marten – Writing Of Blues And Yellows

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