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Albums Of The Week: Billie Marten | Flora Fauna

The British singer-songwriter expands her sonic & stylistic horizons for her third LP.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Expanding on the minimalist acoustic folk foundations she made a name for herself with, British singer-songwriter Billie Marten’s Flora Fauna is a mature, embodied album fostered around a strong backbone of bass and rhythm. Shedding the timidity in favour of a more urgent sound, the collection marks a period of personal independence for Marten as she learned to nurture herself and break free from toxic relationships — and a big part of that was returning to nature.

Marten says, “The name Flora Fauna is like a green bath for my eyes. If the album was a painting, it would look like flora and fauna — it encompasses every organism, every corner of Earth, and a feeling of total abundance.” Marten’s critically acclaimed debut Writing Of Blues And Yellows was released when she was just 17, while its followup Feeding Seahorses By Hand arrived in 2019. Recorded with Rich Cooper (Temper Trap, BANKS, Logic) in London, Flora Fauna blends Marten’s hushed, resonant vocals with a rapid pulse and rich instrumentation. Her inspirations stretching from krautrockers Can to Broadcast, Arthur Russell, Kate Bush and Fiona Apple.”

Photo by Katie Silvester.