Welcome to the world of Billie Bottle & The Multiple. Multi-instrumentalist, composer and band leader Billie Bottle is joined by Martine Waltier on violin and vocals. They are accompanied by their friends, The Multiple.
«Vigorous and unequivocally hip» – All About Jazz
«Their own pastoral brand of whimsical psych-folk»- Jazzwise
The new album from Billie Bottle & The Muliple will be released by Bad Elephant Music on 14th May 2021.
On Election Day 2015, a pint of milk mysteriously appears at the gates of Parliament.
Set in the week running up to a UK general election, The Other Place tells the true story of two musicians from Devon (Billie and Martine, as seen on BBC’s The Voice) as they make their way slowly to Westminster.
«On high streets, market squares and seafront promenades, they perform the same song, forty-nine times over, and at each stop they start conversations with whoever they meet, asking them “Who’s got the Power?».
This journey through the foundations of British democracy inspired a sequence of songs whose lyrics come from the words of the voters (and non-voters) that Billie and Martine met on their journey. It is a celebration of gentler kinds of power, and an invitation to hear their voices.
Like the best art-rock, Billie Bottle & The Multiple continue to combine folk, jazz, pop and minimalism in an engaging and meaningful way. The track The Rest (of Shibboleth) is intended for a future release, as distinct from the forthcoming album, The Other Place .
This is The Other Place…
Billie Bottle & The Multiple
The Other Plac
1. Where Does It Begin?
2. All Lies
4. The Disconnect
6. The Centre
8. X Marks The Spot
9. My First Time Voting
10. Vote John Izod
11. We’re Only An Island
12. I Just Met Nigel Farage
14. Stand By Your Beds
15. Power To The People
16. A Stone, A Seed
17. Time Is What It Used To Be
Billie Bottle: Voice, Piano, Keyboards, Guitar, Percussion
Martine Waltier: Voice, Violin, Guitar, Percussion
Roz Harding: Alto sax, Recorder, Percussion
Vivien Goodwin-Darke: Voice, Flute, Recorder, Percussion
Lee Fletcher: Bass, Synths, Keys, Soundscapes, Voice, Guitar, Percussion, Production
Conceived, written and arranged by Billie Bottle (with contributions from The Multiple).
All digital editing, programming and treatments by Lee Fletcher.
Photography by Chris Dorley-Brown.