British songwriter Billie Marten has blossomed in the past 12 months, capturing the minds of a populous that are craving authenticity, with her honest brand of soul-baring acoustica and gentle captivating charm. The earthiness of her songcraft lingers like the fresh morning dew on a window pane, she sings about the hopes and fears of youth in breathtaking earnest. Marten is not only able to relate to her audience but connect with them on the most elementary of levels – through honest human emotion.
The singer, continuing to boldly enrapture the hearts of her listeners, has unveiled ‘Lionhearted’, a strikingly pure and personal song that calls for inner-strength to overcome struggle. Directed by Allie Avital, the video clip that accompanies the release proves to be most poignant.
Centring in and around various garishly painted rooms, we find Marten, at odds with her surroundings – a figure of quiet, contemplative solace dressed in simple hues – isolated from her counterparts (the removal crew and the obtrusive decoration). As the building enters a state of disarray through the dismantling and demolishing of its stasis (what we might otherwise depict as Marten’s determination to find that Lionheart inside), the figures of the removal crew symbolise the inner crisis. Shattering the calm of Marten’s mind, as she searches to find this Lionhearted confidence.
Soon reaching a climax, the events are left open-ended for individual interpretation. But whilst Marten may have reached a point of clarity, the signs are there to suggest that this isn’t a play for re-invention, rather a reminder to stay true to yourself, no matter what (to be your own version of brave, whether that be quietly or confidently).
‘Lionhearted’ is taken from Billie Marten’s debut full-length album ‘Writing of Blues and Yellows’, due for release on 23rd September. For exclusive bundles and to pre-order head here.
Billie Marten will head out on her first UK headline tour to celebrate the album release in October. For the full list of dates, see below:
Sunday 23rd October – Deaf Institute, Manchester Tickets
Monday 24th October – Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow Tickets
Tuesday 25th October – Brudenell Games Room, Leeds Tickets
Thursday 27th October – St Giles in the Field, London Tickets
Friday 28th October – Buffalo Bar, Cardiff Tickets