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Beth Orton

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Singer/songwriter Beth Orton combined the passionate beauty of the acoustic folk tradition with the electronic beats of trip-hop to create a fresh, distinct fusion of roots and rhythm. Born in Norwich, England in December 1970, Orton debuted as one half of the duo Spill, a one-off project with William Orbit which released a cover of John Martyn's "Don't Wanna Know About Evil." She continued working with Orbit on his 1993 LP Strange Cargo 3, co-writing and singing the track "Water From a Vine Leaf" before appearing with the group Red Snapper on their first singles "Snapper" and "In Deep." In 1995 Orton teamed with the Chemical Brothers for "Alive: Alone," the ultimate track on their Exit Planet Dust LP. After assembling a backing band comprised of double bassist Ali Friend, guitarist Ted Barnes, keyboardist Lee Spencer, and drummer Wildcat Will, she finally issued her 1996 debut EP She Cries Your Name; her stunning full-length bow Trailer Park, produced in part by Andrew Weatherall, followed later in the year. In 1997, Orton released the superb Best Bit EP, a move towards a more organic, soulful sound highlighted by a pair of duets with folk-jazz legend Terry Callier; the full-length Central Reservation followed in 1999. "Stolen Car" was a moderate hit among college radio and tours across the U.S. were also successful. Three years later, Orton emerged refreshed with her third album Daybreaker. This time around, she collaborated with ex-Whiskeytown frontman Ryan Adams and the Chemical Brothers. In early 2006, Orton released her fourth album, Comfort of Strangers. The 14-song set was recorded in two weeks with producer Jim O'Rourke. After a recording break of six long years, Orton signed to Anti and released the Tucker Martine-produced Sugaring Season in the early fall of 2012.

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Interview: Beth Orton

By Elisa Bray, Contributor

Beth Orton's fifth album, Sugaring Season, is named after a Vermont expression for the beginning of spring, when the nights are still cold and long, and the maple trees are tapped for syrup. "I liked the poetic sense of the sugaring season. It's quite romantic and melancholy," she explains, over a plate of chips in her London hotel. "For me, there is sweetness in melancholy." In many ways, 41-year-old Orton has had her own sugaring season.… more »

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Six Degrees of Portishead’s Dummy

By Philip Sherburne, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Six Degrees of Portishead’s Dummy

By Philip Sherburne, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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  • 03.16.17 RT @SydOperaHouse: .@beth_orton brings her heartfelt and signature songbook to #VividLIVE https://t.co/UdFbfR1gJu
  • 03.14.17 I'll be playing #VividLIVE @SydOperaHouse on 13 June.More dates soon,but for now I am over the bloody moon!All my l… https://t.co/5DiBthhaUB
  • 03.05.17 RT @ClaudiaL_Young: Billy Bragg & Beth Orton at the phenomenal #March4Women today @careintuk gorgeous, hopeful day https://t.co/56yJ1WklwB
  • 03.05.17 RT @careintuk: Lovely performance from @billybragg and @beth_orton for #March4Women https://t.co/YpUKnbs3Sq
  • 03.05.17 I'll be performing along with a whole host of wonderful people before we march today. #march4women @careintuk #london 💕💕💕
  • 03.02.17 Beth is suporting and performing at the @careintuk #March4Women this Sunday 5 March at The Scoop, London.… https://t.co/2i8zLRynl1
  • 01.24.17 RT @lucindahawksley: What an incredible bunch of musicians @beth_orton in #Jaipur #zeeJLF https://t.co/jy1TgBhlFK
  • 01.22.17 https://t.co/khd4DELXxU
  • 01.21.17 On stage tonight in Jaipur with #rajasthanjosh ✌🏼️❤️️ @jaipurlitfest https://t.co/OUWChHnaXp
  • 01.16.17 .@ZEEJLF 21st January 2017💕 I will be playing with the formidable (and very handsome) @samamidon💕& we will be joine… https://t.co/3KIla0f5Es
  • 01.14.17 RT @AntiRecords: What a duo! @beth_orton and @joanjett, two women who inspire us greatly. Listen to Beth's killer album 'Kidsticks' - https…
  • 12.14.16 RT @RosemaryWYEP: #BelowtheSurface at 3pm features the fascinating @beth_orton Hear her live version of "Moon" recorded @WYEP https://t.co/…