In an email a few weeks back, Scottish label Lost Map introduced me to the spectacular sounds coming from Irish artist Martha Ffion. In reality, the email announced the label's series of collectible postcard singles, Martha's single ('No Applause'/'Lead Balloon') just so happened to be the first in the series. Seems like Lost Map knew what they had.
Now based in Glasgow, Martha enlisted Suse Bear of Tuff Love to record, produce, and pitch in on the bass for the single. Rounding out the full band sound is Ian Stewart of The Phantom Band on drums, and Craig Angus of the Poor Things on guitar. Like Angel Olsen's recent sonic revelation, having a full band with a fuzzed up guitar suited her country-folk vocal stylings, bringing its warmth bubbling to the surface. There's also a hint of charming and disarming playfulness in her voice, even as she tackles some weighty topics, and I love that. It makes me want to lose myself in Martha's stories. Her 2nd EP will be recorded this summer at Glasgow's Green Door Studios as part of their Super Groups project. Until then, stream 'No Applause' below.