For most people, their teenage years are a clumsy collision of self-doubt and growth spurts, hair growing in awkward places and cheap drinks down the bus shelter.
Billie Marten, though, is different. Still only 15 years old, the adolescent prodigy has earned stunning plaudits with her mature, emotionally gripping work.
Recently released ‘Ribbon’ EP was the perfect introduction. Arrangements were kept sparse, with Billie Marten utilising soft, tender acoustic guitar pieces to underpin her voice.
It’s her voice, though, which is the star of the show. Husky, effected and downright soulful, it reeks of a world-weariness far beyond her years.
‘Unaware’ is a striking introduction. Simple yet wonderfully done, you can check it out below – then find the video after the jump.