Depending on who you speak with, Sydney artist Martha Marlow is either an established painter, or one of the most alluring young singer/songwriters in Australia.

Growing up in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, surrounded by a family of musicians, Marlow forged her way into music via an unlikely path; her love of books. After burning through classic works from Emily Dickinson, Tolstoy and, musically, the back catalogues of Billie Holiday and the Beatles, Marlow began crafting her own original works.

Inspired by fellow Australians like Julia Jacklin, Gurrumul, Genesis Owusu, Didirri and Angie McMahon as well as as well as acts from abroad like Weyes Blood, Lana Del Rey and Phoebe Bridgers and artists from her parents record collection, Marlow spent five years crafting original songs filled with vulnerability and hope.

Seamlessly blending the glittery, nostalgic sounds of 1970s Hollywood with lyrics wise beyond her years, Marlow’s debut album, Medicine Man, manages to exist as comfortably in the past as it does in our current age of anxiety and tension. Medicine Man was released on 21st May this year. 

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