Beth Orton 1973
When I was a DJ at The Mountain here in Seattle we were one of the first, if not the first, to break a young talented Beth Orton. I was able to see her live as part of our Holiday concert that same year. Great to see she is still putting out challenging music and touring the US, including a stop in Seattle.
Following on from “Moon,” Beth’s first release in four years, “1973” is both forward-thinking and insanely catchy. Framing Beth’s unique voice against her heavy, low-slung mechanized synth riff, “1973” is a gorgeously panoramic summer road trip of a song that immediately transports the listener into a sunshine state. The song features George Lewis Jr. on guitars and Guillermo E. Brown on drums.
“1973” is taken from Kidsticks (released on Anti- on May 27th, 2016), Beth Orton’s seventh album. Kidsticks is the first record Beth has written on synthesizers instead of acoustic guitar. The album started with 10 days of Beth and co-producer Andrew Hung making loops in a garage in LA. Over the next 18 months, Beth built the tracks up from basic four-bar loops into beautiful multi-layered electronic songs augmented by live musicians, in her first official foray into production.
The album was mixed by David Wrench (the man responsible for recent hits by Hot Chip and Caribou) and features work from a cast of guest musicians assembled by Beth including Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr and Dustin O’Halloran from Winged Victory for the Sullen.
Beth will be touring the US. I hope she brings this band from the album with her.