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Listen To Babe Martin's Debut 'The Versoix' EP

Listen To Babe Martin's Debut 'The Versoix' EP

Samantha Cheong / Photo credit: Courtney Rodgers / Thursday 7th September, 2023 12:55PM

Tāmaki Makaurau’s Babe Martin (Zoë Larsen-Cumming) finally debuts The Versoix EP via Sunreturn, a three-track treasure of expertly curated songs grounded in lyrical sincerity and piano. Produced by Jazmine Mary, recent singles ‘Knocked For Six In BHX’ and its title track have found unsurprising student radio success, even turning the heads of Rolling Stone. Completing the extended player is third and final single ‘Far From You’, a glittering ebb of deeply romantic storytelling that focuses on the beholder of adoration who remains left behind. Again featuring Antonia Barnett McIntosh’s glimmering cello, the tune also encompasses Louisa Nicklin’s arpeggiating sax, Jazmine Mary’s guitar and the drumming expertise of Bianca Bailey (Wiri Donna).

Just as the significance of the lush Versoix forest became more material to Larsen-Cumming over time, the EP's three tracks burgeon with detail and emotion upon each listen. The “incredibly distinct seasons” of the Swiss woodland are felt in the careful lyrics that hold landscapes of weighted memories and earnest emotions that come with hindsight on life’s transitions. Babe Martin will soon be warming the stage alongside Ōtautahi's Model Home and Jiahu Symbols in just a couple of weeks at Auckland’s Thirsty Dog. Read the artist's reflections and hit play on The Versoix EP below…

"Like the other songs on The Versoix EP, 'Far From You' deals with the passing of time, physical space, and life’s changes. Where 'Knocked For Six In BHX' plays with the idea of moving in a very immediate sense and 'Versoix' reflects on memories after moving away, 'Far From You' is instead about being the one who stays when someone else leaves for their own adventure.

I wanted the song to push forward, almost relentlessly, for its duration. The other two songs linger, but 'Far From You' rolls steadily away down the track. You’re on the train and you’re not getting off until the very end and Bianca Bailey (Wiri Donna) executed this perfectly. Then we’ve got some saxophone and cello (played by Louisa Nicklin and Antonia Barnett McIntosh) and the two instruments really play with each other. Jazmine Mary’s guitar arrangements were perfect and warm and yearning, and then of course the foundation of the song is piano, as that’s how I always write."

Model Home 
with Babe Martin, Jiahu Symbols
Saturday 23rd September - Thirsty Dog, Auckland
Tickets available HERE via UTR

'The Versoix EP' is out today on major streaming platforms via Sunreturn.


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Model Home Album Release Auckland
Sat 23rd Sep 8:30pm
The Thirsty Dog, Auckland