Premiere: Milk & Honey By Billie Marten

Premiere: Milk & Honey By Billie Marten

A new music video from a promising British talent

A new music video from a promising British talent

Text: Ian David Monroe

England’s Billie Marten follows up her 2015 track “Bird” with “Milk & Honey,” the music video for which is premiering here, exclusively on V. Marten ended last year on a high note, nabbing a nomination for the BBC Sound of 2016 award alongside Dua Lipa, Alessia Cara, Mabel, and Izzy Bizu. While her fellow nominees make strides in the crossover of R&B and pop, Marten is singing a different tune.

The 17-year-old singer’s music falls into the acoustic genre, borderline folk, and less specifically singer-songwriter—a catchall term employed too often. In short, her songs are stripped of synths and the intense anthemic choruses that proliferate pop radio. What remains are quieter, contemplative tracks with more illustrative lyrics that stand in stark contrast to their contemporaries.

That juxtaposition is reflected in the visual narrative of “Milk & Honey.” Here, with the help of director Rob Brandon, Marten brings bits of an old Japanese fable to life, one about a duel between a Samurai and a tea master. In it, the tea master and all his patience wins out against the frantic warrior. When asked which character she sees herself most in, Marten says, “Both are quite far away from my usual day to day, but I'd definitely stick with tea master. Except, I had to eat some rice with chopsticks for a few minutes and that proved far more challenging than singing.” She adds, reminding of her British roots, “I do love tea.”

When asked if she’ll be touring outside the country anytime soon, she says, “I'd love to do that, but frankly no one would turn up so I feel it'd be me playing to an empty room in Europe or somewhere, which I wouldn't mind.” Coincidentally, there is probably no better way to listen to Billie Marten than alone.

Watch the video above, and download "Milk & Honey" here.

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