15-year-old Billie Marten may seem like a rash signing for Chess Club Records but the deal came after a breakthrough year for the folk singer-songwriter which included the release of debut EP Ribbon. The collection of four tracks proved the Yorkshire youngster’s credentials. Intricate, finger-picked rhythms and charming, often touching lyrics delicately whispered. And it’s not only her original songwriting that has blown people away. Her debut EP also included an enchanting reworking of La Roux’s “In For The Kill.” Simple and elegantly executed, Marten will sit nicely with fans of the experienced Laura Marling and Lucy Rose as well as more recent breakthrough artists Rae Morris and Soak.
Today marks the release of new single “Heavy Weather,” her first song since the record signing. The track is testament to the faith shown by the label in such a young prospect. Marten has again penned a soul-stirring number. Her haunting vocals and poignant guitar line is backed this time by some thumping percussion which helps add a darker dynamic of which we haven’t seen before.