Norma Jean Martine is sharing "Animals", her new single/video, on Best Fit.
The track is the lead single from Martine's debut EP of the same name, and is produced by Danton Supple (Coldplay, Morrissey). Inspired by the likes of Carole King, Amy Winehouse, Joni Mitchell, Adele, Janis Joplin, and Led Zeppelin, Martine creates a rockin' blend of pop guitars and massive vocal hooks.
The single's clip is directed by Kenny McCracken, and sees Martine take all the energy - it's clear that the London-based New Yorker has a lot of it - and display it for all to see.
Speaking about the track, Martine says: "'Animals' is really a hedonistic, romantic, sexual pop song. I wrote it after attending Glastonbury two years ago and seeing The Rolling Stones for the first time. The song is heavily influenced by them, all the while keeping a musical tinge of modern day. I’m quite a musical chameleon and my references are pretty widely varied, so there were definitely times where I was channeling my inner Ryan Tedder for melody along with the Jagger attitude. Sonically, I wanted it to be as “Stones” as I could get in a modern day pop song, so that is why there are pretty trippy backing vocals, strong guitar riffs, peaky vocal sounds, and jungle drums."
About the video, she adds that it "is meant to show the animal in all of us; the good, the bad, the wild, the ugly… we just need to remember where we came from so we can maintain our purity, and what really matters in life."
Martine is set to play London's The Islington on 16 November. Martine's new EP is out 20 November via Virgin/EMI.
Check out the new single/video below.