MP3, Details on New Beth Orton LP


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By Blurt Staff


Beth Orton will release Sugaring
her first album in six years and her Anti- Records debut, on
October 2. Recorded in Portland, Oregon, with producer Tucker Martine (My
Morning Jacket, The Decemberists), the album bears the fruits of a period of
introspection & renewal: deeply lyrical songwriting, a newfound
expressivity of voice, and, more than ever before, a daring synthesis of her
broad musical influences into a powerfully individual artistic vision. “I
stretched myself as a singer on this record and used voices I never have before
as a writer,” she explains. “A lot of the writing on this record
happened in the dead of night, when spiders mend their webs, with an infant
asleep in the next room… as a result, my writing became a secret again:
illicit and my own.”


Lsten to the new track “Something more Beautiful”:




For ‘Sugaring Season,’ Orton and Martine have brought together a dream band of new and old friends:
keyboardist Rob Burger, bassist Sebastian Steinberg, and legendary jazz drummer
Brian Blade, along with guitarists Marc Ribot and Ted Barnes and folksinger Sam
Amidon. The album was recorded predominantly live on the floor as the band
reflected and internalized Beth’s disparate inspirations, from Roberta Flack’s
‘First Take’ album to Pentangle’s folk-jazz collisions. The songs range across
styles from deeply soulful to effortless and breezy, with open-tuned guitars,
pensive pianos, and modal grooves underpinning her emotional weathervane of a


While Orton has shifted away from the electronic textures
that dominated her early work, her music is still built upon an implicit
groove, even if it emanates from her acoustic guitar rather than from a
sequencer. “It may not be a ‘dance’ beat,” she says, “but it’s
definitely there and it’s earthed and primal and insistent.”



‘Sugaring Season’

1. Magpie
2. Dawn Chorus
3. Candles
4. Something more Beautiful
5. Call me the Breeze
6. Poison Tree
7. See through Blue
8. Last Leaves of Autumn
9. State of Grace
10. Mystery



Beth Orton Fall Tour

9/20 – Nashville, TN @ The Belcourt Theatre
9/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
9/22 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
9/24 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
9/25 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
9/27 – Washington, DC @ Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
9/28 – Somerville, MA @ Somerville Theatre
9/28 – Montreal, QB @ L’Astral
9/30 – Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
10/4 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
10/8 – Chicago, IL @ Antenaeum Theatre
10/9 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
10/10 – Minneapolis, MN @The Varsity Theater
10/12 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre & Cafe
10/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
10/15 – Seattle, WA @ The Market
10/16 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue
10/17 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/22 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues-San Diego
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre


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