Music: Weather Alive – Beth Orton


Monday tunes… Weather Alive – Beth Orton which was released in September of this year. Talking about the new album, Orton says: 

Through the writing of these songs and the making of this music, I found my way back to the world around me — a way to reach nature and the people I love and care about.

This record is a sensory exploration that allowed for a connection to a consciousness that I was searching for. Through the resonance of sound and a beaten up old piano I bought in Camden Market while living in a city I had no intention of staying in, I found acceptance and a way of healing.

Emerging in the 1990s, English singer/ songwriter Beth Orton combined the passion and beauty of the acoustic folk tradition with the electronic beats of trip-hop to create a fresh, distinct fusion of roots and rhythm. Released only in Japan, her first solo album, 1993’s Superpinkymandy, was produced by William Orbit. She charted in the U.K. and Australia with her international solo debut, 1996’s Trailer Park, kicking off regular chart appearances highlighted by 2002’s Ben Watt-produced Daybreaker, which cracked the Top Ten at home and marked her only appearance in the U.S. Top 40. The acoustic-minded Comfort of Strangers (2006) found her working with Jim O’Rourke, and Tucker Martine produced 2012’s Sugaring Season, both of them Top 30 hits in the U.K.Orton’s seventh proper studio album, 2022’s spacey Weather Alive, offered a blend of beats, synths, and acoustic textures alongside a four-piece jazz lineup.

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