Billie Marten comes to Southampton’s Vinilo following release of Drop Cherries

Billie Marten comes to Southampton’s Vinilo following release of Drop Cherries

Billie Marten will be coming to Southampton as part of a run of record store shows in support of her fourth record Drop Cherries, which will be released on 7th April via Fiction Records. She will be at the city’s Vinilo Record Store for an intimate gig on April 9th.

Recorded entirely on tape in Somerset and Wales late last summer, Drop Cherries marks the very first time that Billie Marten has both written and co-produced (with Dom Monks) one of her records; following critically-lauded 2021 album Flora FaunaFeeding Seahorses by Hand (2019) and Writing of Blues and Yellows (2016).

The new album’s lead single ‘This Is How We Move’ premiered with Chris Hawkins on BBC 6 Music.

With a fourth record looming over her, Billie Marten learned to stop thinking about what others want to hear and started to trust her own instincts. “When I’m trying to write, the creative door is closed most of the time,” she says. “When it briefly opens, I know I’ve stumbled across moments of true emotion and insight; they give no warning and are often unpredictable. I can’t force the process, something I’m realising more with each album. And that’s why I know that Drop Cherries is a collection of songs expressing genuine intuitive feeling.”

The title is taken from a tale she heard from a friend just before she was starting to create songs for the album, and the title track came soon after. It’s a metaphor where the gift of cherries stands for offering someone your love; doing anything you can to make them happy. “Dropping cherries,” she begins, “is such a strong, visceral image that I tried to channel throughout recording in Somerset and Wales, to capture the vibrancy, unpredictability, and occasional chaos one experiences within a relationship.”

Drop Cherries is a series of vignettes highlighting different pieces of a relationship, while trying to fit them together. From celebrating moments of the mundane (‘Just Us’), through deep existential questioning (‘Devil Swim’, ‘Acid Tooth’, ‘Arrows’), to the final resolve which is the simplicity of sharing a moment with someone you love (‘Drop Cherries’, ‘I Bend To Him’).

It’s often the case that each record has to be a new ‘statement’ for the artist, a re-branding, a progression. But Billie Marten’s statement is always the same: “I’m simply searching for clarity. I’m re-examining the same feelings I had when I first started writing: I feel different to others, so I’ll write about what that’s like and see if I can work out why that is.

“If I ever do, maybe I’ll stop writing.”

For more information about Billie Marten’s instore event at Vinilo Record Store, click here. For full details of her tour, visit:

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