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Football is the first single in two years from Martha Hill. Hill has taken complete ownership over this tune by playing and producing everything, while working with engineer John Martindale.

The unusual visual metaphor of dilapidated objects is a compelling one and a really great hook. The downbeat chorus, with its Cate Le Bon-esque “oohs” and “aahs” floats mellifluously over skittish rhythms. The song concludes with a pleasing key change packed with pathos; the sweet refrain “it’s all right to feel like you’re falling apart” is comfortingly melancholy, and it’s melancholy that is Hill’s strongest suit, finding beauty in the most prosaic of places. Given the context in which it was produced, a completely DIY affair by a multi-talented instrumentalist, it’s an absolute triumph.

 

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