LIVE REVIEW: Martha Hill @ The Head of Steam, Newcastle (19.10.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Martha Hill has garnered a lot of attention recently, following a couple of appearances at semi high-profile festivals and a live session on BBC Introducing. This homecoming of sorts at the Head of Steam solidified the fact that she really is one to look out for.

As Martha and her band took to the stage, I found a position in the crowd which unfortunately placed a large structural pillar between my eyes and the performers. Souls evidently travel through concrete, however, and moments into the opening song the room was gripped. Set opener Be Still begun an outpouring of electrified heartbreak and which continued for an hour and never ceased to stun.

As the set progressed, the songs grew bigger and bigger. Not only is Martha a master of subtlety, but also a weaver of silky chart-taunting pop hooks. Thumping drums, classy guitar and atmospheric cello make Martha Hill’s creative arrangements as interesting as they are powerful. Her voice is the haunting highlight, however; it alone could’ve flattened the building, and I wish it had, because it might have removed that fucking pillar in my way.

See Martha Hill live if you can. She’s gonna be big.

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