Image Credit: Phebe Schmidt
“Banoffee’s moody style has since evolved into a bouncy, glitched-out brand of “mutant pop” that toes the line between radio-accessible melodies and offensive nail-to-chalkboard synth textures — and we mean that in all the best ways” – BILLBOARD
“Banoffee, aka Martha Brown, makes the kind of forward-thinking pop that’s very much in vogue. With strong aesthetics and an ear for incredibly catchy hooks, there’s no reason she couldn’t occupy the same mainstream lane as Billie Eilish.” -BANDCAMP
“Banoffee expresses her inner turmoil with devastating frankness superimposed over sparkle-driven spot-lit electropop” – NME
“‘Tapioca Cheeks’ is jam packed full of that Banoffee goodness we’ve come to know and love.”
– PURPLE SNEAKERS
Melbourne singer-songwriter and producer Banoffee returns with her shimmering new single Tapioca Cheeks and it’s accompanying video. The track was written just before the pandemic hit, during her last studio session in Los Angeles with PC Music’s Planet 1999. Banoffee says of the song, “it’s about the fears that come with diving in with someone. How love can be awful as well as wonderful at the same time, because it’s just so damn scary. ‘Tapioca Cheeks’ is a dedication to someone, for them to feel loved and held even when they feel completely incapable or unlovable.”
Filmed after a tumultuous breakup, Tapioca Cheeks took on another life whilst filming the video. It evolved into “a song about the inescapable feeling of loving someone who doesn’t love you back. I made the video with these feelings in mind. The bubbles signifying a feeling I cannot help but expel from my body, a love that is involuntary” says Banoffee.
During the filming, and through tears she worked with choreographer Natalie Rambaldi to frame her emotions through dance. “It is the beginning of a body of work about working through heartbreak and being the very first song I made whilst in love, it felt right to make it the first single.” According to co-director Phebe Schmidt, Banoffee “creates a strong, ethereal character immersed in a magical world, air-bending to her will. Hyperreal colours contribute to the narrative reflecting a paradisiacal environment that sends subliminal messages about the character and her song.”
Tapioca Cheeks marks the first music from Banoffee since her collaboration with Sydney producer Perto, I Miss You. That release had shortly followed her debut album in early 2020, ‘Look At Us Now Dad’, which PAPER Magazine described as “beautiful in the most devastating sense of the word”. Her breakout, that featured collaborations with SOPHIE, Empress Of, Cupcakke, Umru was an uplifting, hopeful journey that celebrates survival in the face of abuse and adversity. The album won international acclaim from Billboard, Stereogum, Rolling Stone and NME. She has also supported Taylor Swift on a worldwide stadium tour as part of Charlie XCX’s troupe.
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