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Martha Hill is the North-East’s rising star, her previous singles Spiders and Wallflower were championed by the likes of BBC 6 Music, Spotify and Line Of Best Fit and now the DIY alt-pop artist returns with new single Blindfold (out now on most good streaming sites). It’s a spacious gem of a track filled with pop, folk and gospel qualities. A great example of a ‘less is more’ approach to songwriting and the use of song dynamics and production to draw you closer to the track and in this instance, Martha’s composed yet soulful vocal. This is the last single to be released before the upcoming EP release in October so we fired a few questions Martha’s way to find more about the track.

What makes this track different to your previous releases?
All of my music is based around the voice, but this track really takes that idea to a whole new level. It’s a lot more chilled than stuff I’ve released previously. Blindfold is my absolute favourite song to sing live – the atmosphere is always incredible! I don’t think people are expecting the set to drop like that.

What is the song about?
It’s a reaction to a betrayal. Sometimes shit gets thrown at you that’s really hard, and the only power you have at that time, is how you conduct yourself. It’s about keeping your head up and not losing sight of who you are.

Blindfold was recorded by Joe Rubel. What impact did he have on the track?
It was an amazing experience working with Joe, we got on really well! This track has been played in my live set for ages now, so the song was ready to go, but transferring the atmosphere of it within the context of a live set over to a record was a really difficult process. This is the third time I’ve tried to record this song, and I don’t think anyone would have done a better job than Joe.

What have you got coming up to support the release?
On the day of release I’m playing a show in Darlington for Tracks “Noisy Daughters” launch, and I’m also headlining Tipping Point Festival at The Cluny on the 21stJune.

What does the future got in store for Martha Hill?
Loads! Blindfold is the final track I’ll be releasing before my EP in October (available for pre-order now!!!). I also have a headline tour coming up in October, including Head of Steam on 19th October. Lots to keep an eye out for!

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