Martha Rose is a Berlin based English musician. Born in Camberwell, London, she started writing songs after she was given a guitar wrapped up in newspaper. She now lives, writes and dances in Berlin. Her music is a combination of casio pop and old English folk song. Melodies rule and lyrics slowly reveal.
‘Spit’ is her debut LP, released on limited vinyl by Treibender Teppich Records and Cargo Digital on the 24th November 2016.
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.