Hailing from the streets of Scotland, animated singer songwriter Martha Hill is a storyteller in every sense of the word. Riding high on the success of her debut single, she has now returned with Wallflower, a clever track that focuses on the thorny issue of social conformity and self-expression.
The song, starting with a paired down guitar accompaniment, is soon taken up a gear with the inclusion of a weightier electric guitar riff and a heavy drum beat. Hill’s vocals, with her characteristically husky tone and expressive delivery, carve a space for themselves in the track and her vocals sit at centre stage. The addition of the haunting backup vocals gives the song an eerie power whilst the blunt ending means the energy of the track is preserved for the entirety of the track.
‘‘You like to think you’re just a wall flower creeping around in the dark’’ sings Hill. The song touches on the idea that we are all composite beings created from lots of different characters that we invent ourselves. It suggests that even the most extrovert characters have introvert tendencies and highlights the nuance of the human condition. Hill is an erudite lyricist, and a talented musician – and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Listen to ‘Wallflower’ below.
Review by Polly Havelock