I first heard the music of Beth Orton over the crappy speakers at a Tower Records store. I loved it (even through the terrible sound system). Her powerful breathy vocals coupled with her gentle acoustic guitar and traces of warm electronica were an instant hit with me. Needless to say I bought that album Daybreaker before I left the store.
Her music is perfect for both lazy summer afternoons or late night chillouts sessions. It is an amalgamation of folksy acoustic guitars, subtle electronica, and trip-hop beats. Some have even compared her to a female Jeff Buckley.
Anyhow, Beth Orton’s new album The Comfort Of Strangers hits stores on February, 7th. Jim O’Rourke (Wilco, Stereolab) produced the album and also contributed bass and piano on the record. And if that weren’t enough, Beth co-wrote the album’s title track with O’Rourke and M Ward. I’m looking forward to this one.