[REVIEW] Billie Marten – Milk & Honey (Single)

Jessica Boyle

“It seems impossible that a teenager can summon towering, windswept emotions of a Wuthering Heights scale, but here we are.” Stereogum

Billie Marten’s Milk & Honey follows on from the success of her single ‘Bird’ which gained a lot of media coverage, including air time on Radio 1, 6 Music and Radio X. Billie Marten appeared on the BBC Sound of 2016 long list earlier this year after receiving widespread praise for her emotive lyricism that belies her tender years.

Growing up Billie listened to the liked of John Martyn, Laura Marling, David Bowie, Portishead and Loudon Wainwright – some of whom she saw perform live. At the age of eight Billie wrote her first ‘proper’ song, receiving a small, pink guitar her dad taught her how to play four chords.

Billie’s songs are known for their beauty, with delicate vocals that linger far beyond the notes it leaves behind. The singer explains Milk & Honey is “a song about the greed of people, the thoughts that we’re all sort of stuck in this consumerist frame of mind”.

I wasn’t a massive fan when I first listened to Milk & Honey, however it has really grown on me. It may have been the fact that I was forced to listen to it again after the chorus was stuck in my head for considerable number of days, but isn’t that what a song is meant to do? The song is beautifully written, and all comes together to create something spectacular. I would describe it best as a song to relax to as Billie’s voice is very calming throughout with just enough background music to make you sway along.

Billie is playing a number of concerts in the coming months, want to see her live? Now you can:

 Friday 1st July Blissfields, Winchester

Saturday 2nd July Barn on the Farm Festival, Gloucester

Saturday 16th July Latitude Festival, Suffolk

Sunday 17th July Citadel Festival, London

Sunday 24th July Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon

Friday 29th July Standon Calling, Herts

Saturday 30th July Camp Bestival, Dorset

Sunday 31st July Leopallooza Festival, Cornwall

Saturday 10th September Bestival, Isle of Wight

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To have a listen to Milk & Honey, click on the video below!

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