Beth Orton – “Weather Alive”

What a voice. To say that it defined a decade, specifically the 90s, is an understatement. Her seminal LPs, Central Reservation and Trailer Park, chilled their way out of every cafe and restaurant sound system from LA to Chang Mai. Aside from her icy cool and slightly pitchy delivery, there was just a hint, ever so slight but still audible, of sexuality. Was that her secret weapon and was she aware of it? Maybe, but even during her collaborations in the mid-90s with William Orbit, Andrew Weatherall, Red Snapper, and the Chemical Brothers, Orton was the coolest voice in a room full of muso-geeks. With this latest album, Weather Alive, her first in 6 years and 8th overall, Orton delivers her trademark “folktronica” sound. She self-produced the album in her London home with help from a few trusted musicians. The result is vintage Orton and during these turbulent and uncertain times, a reassuringly familiar step into the past.

Weather Alive – Beth Orton’s first album in six years – is out on 23rd September on Partisan Records.@bethorton

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