Bille Marten, one of Britain's most promising young voices, has announced the details of her new album: it's called Feeding Seahorses by Hand and comes out on April 26th. It comes a few years after her debut Writing Of Blues and Yellows; a time which has seen her complete her secondary school studies, including GCSEs and A-Levels, on top of travelling and creating the new record. It's no surprise that she has maturity beyond her years, as evidenced in new song 'Betsy' (written with long-time collaborator Rich Cooper) and the words she has to say about it:

“It was the first time I’d tried jamming with someone and had the pressure of writing instant, spontaneous lyrics. They poured out actually, it’s about confronting a politician, no one in particular, but sort of ridiculing them. I liked the idea of using number 9 instead of 10. I didn’t want the big political stance, and I didn’t want to single out a specific human, it’s representing parliament as a whole institution really. The song turns the wise old politician into a child, infantilising them takes away their power. I think most people feel a bit unsafe with it all, because it’s impossible relate to these characters. No one shows any personal weakness or empathy, and if they do, they’ve already cracked.”

There's no way you could possibly know that Marten was a little outside of her comfort zone and doing something off-the-cuff in 'Betsy', as the final resulting track is measured and brilliant. A softly seething indie number that highlights Marten's pillowy vocals that round-off the surprising feistiness that's contained within the lyrics. 'Betsy' is further evidence of Billie Marten as a rising talent, and puts Feeding Seahorses By Hand right up there with our most anticipated albums in the coming months.

Billie Marten's Feeding Seahorses By Hand comes out April 26th and can be pre-ordered here. She's got these tour dates coming up:

Wed 5 June - The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Thur 6 June – Poetry Club, Glasgow
Sat 8 June – The Sound House, Dublin
Sun 9 June – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Tue 11 June – The Wardrobe, Leeds
Wed 12 June – The Exchange, Bristol
Thur 13 June – Islington Assembly Hall, London