UP AND coming British singer-songwriter Martha cut her musical teeth singing out from the depth of her heart in church, aged just 9.
She began writing her own material at just 13 and, drawing on a love of acts such as Florence and the Machine and Aurora, brings the big-horizon emotion to her debut EP, Lunar Eyes, which is out this Friday.
And she has shared the video for “Her Name’s December”, which serves as a marvellous entrée into her world.
For while you can see the big, wide-eyed drama of Florence Welch in her musical approach, pianos underpinning and calmly marking the song’s melody as folk strings swirl and crescendo, it’s. That. Voice: blessed with a power and what will, I’m sure, become a trademark vibrato, packed with emotive connection.
Backseat Mafia was fortunate to receive a sneak preview of the EP, and the five tracks are full of folk-inflected and piano-driven drama and heart. Think the moors of the Brontës; think All About Eve.
She’s set to be an artist for autumn nights, in my humble; draw the drapes, light the candles, let Martha bring the romance.