Billie Marten – Flora Fauna (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 35:02 minutes | 407 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Fiction Records
Billie Marten once said her youth was “the worst thing” about her. Society’s obsession with age, especially in the context of art, can be something of a poisoned chalice. Early articles about the singer-songwriter focused her supposedly ‘precocious’ talent, and in a statement accompanying this album, she speaks about having previously concealed herself in her music and being “obsessed with what people thought of me”. Confidence and clarity has come with age – and with it her biggest, boldest music.
Marten’s third album ‘Flora Fauna’ is a collection of songs that acknowledge the need to weed-out toxic behaviours, using metaphors in nature to nod to both her imperfections and personal growth or humankind’s precariousness. All this is soundtracked, largely, by a departure from the pretty but safe acoustic sound of her 2016 debut ‘Writing Of Blues And Yellows’ and its 2019 follow-up ‘Feeding Seahorses By Hand’. Marten learned bass and listened to lots of Krautrock around this record; the melodies here are her most moreish, her stories are her most open and experimentation is at its broadest.
1. Billie Marten – Garden of Eden
2. Billie Marten – Creature of Mine
3. Billie Marten – Human Replacement
4. Billie Marten – Liquid Love
5. Billie Marten – Heaven
6. Billie Marten – Ruin
7. Billie Marten – Pigeon
8. Billie Marten – Kill The Clown
9. Billie Marten – Walnut
10. Billie Marten – Aquarium