Billie Marten 's second album, Feeding Seahorses by Hand, saw her take risks her debut had not foretold. Flora Fauna, her new full-length offering, raises the stakes even higher: Marten is more adventurous than ever, and she sounds more eager to step into the light. If there was any doubt this moment was Marten's to claim, the album quickly dissipates all of it with its opening salvo.
For her third record, 'Flora Fauna', Billie Marten inhales the earth. Of course there are other, less poetic ways of saying this: Billie throws nature on her face, she plays in the mud, she eats dirt and she spits it back out again. But regardless of the way that you choose to look at this girl, with bits of grass and gravel clinging to her teeth and cheeks, Billie's devilish smile promises a record that is free-spirited, soulful and gritty.