Martha Rose is a Berlin based musician from England. She started writing songs after she was given a guitar wrapped up in newspaper. Her sound is a delicate and dreamlike combination of casio pop and old English folk song, with sweet melodies alongside bitterly melancholic lyrics. She has toured Germany with Die Nerven, and works extensively as a collaborative musician with other projects in the UK and Germany including Magic Island, Grip Tight, Kristin Mc Clement, Emma Gatrill, Marcus Hamblett, The Neukölln Country Club (& The Hole Boys), JFR Moon, Fear of Men, Rowan Coupland, The Great Park, Foundling, and Jaako Eino Kalevi.
Her debut LP 'Spit' was released on vinyl by Treibender Teppich Records and Cargo Digital UK in November 2016. She released a collaborative EP 'Affliction' with The Hole Boys in 2018.
The album is called ‘Spit’, because I read ‘The Tin Drum’ by Günter Grass when I was 16 and I couldn’t believe that anyone could write anything like that. There is a scene where a girl called Maria lies on the beach. She puts popping candy into the palm of her hand and asks Oskar, the boy who refuses to grow over 3 feet tall, to spit in her palm. When he does, she gets an orgasm. I decided to study German Literature, and later moved to Berlin. Then I got my first casio keyboard.
I am searching for the site of my own desire in these songs. Trying to understand my vast naïve romanticism, my fear and melancholy, and my dreamlike dances with nostalgic fantasy. I am exploring and trying to overcome a subconscious desire to be hurt and hurt again by choosing impossible situations: ‘the question keeps coming, who’s gonna hold me?/who’s gonna share the morning light with me?/I’ve got a good idea who it could be/but I’m not sure if he really likes me.’
‘Spit’ is a brutally true record. Every feeling was felt, and then translated into a picture I could transmit.