Melbourne-born, LA-based multidisciplinary artist Banoffee (aka Martha Brown) has today returned with new single ‘Muscle Memory’ out now via Dot Dash / Remote Control Records. Premiered on triple j’s Home & Hosed, ‘Muscle Memory’ is the first new music since 2015’s SOPHIE co-production ‘Ripe’. Watch the accompanying video premiered by Noisey below.
Written during a breakup, Banoffee explains, “Muscle Memory is about living in that phantom realm, where your body still feels in a two places at once. I wrote it to capture the feeling of when u touch someone and suddenly remember every point of contact you’ve ever had with that person. At a point of true sorrow in my life I wrote muscle memory as a plea for one last glimpse of a something that was long gone.”
Banoffee’s own brand of experimental electronica has been praised by FACT, Clash Magazine, DIY and BBC Radio 1 to name a few. A relocation to LA in 2017 offered up a fresh creative start for her without preconceptions, a space filled with new collaborators, an opportunity to flex muscles Banoffee didn’t even know were there. The past few months have seen her collaborate with the likes of SOPHIE, HTML flowers, l8loomer as well as join Charli XCX’s live band and tour with her as she supports Taylor Swift’s Reputation World Tour.
The other massive gear shift has been in psyche. Where previous EPs were written as tools to deal with anxiety, the new material is intended to be far less introspective. It’s the first batch of work that looks outside of self. The songs remain dark, but instead of wallowing in dread, they seek to inspire contentment. Banoffee is interested in the future of a more hyper textualised vein of pop, one that pushes its listeners outside of their comfort zone.