Beth Orton releases the second track from her highly anticipated forthcoming album Kidsticks. Prior to the release of Beth’s stunning new album, which is released via ANTI- on May 27th, you can stream the video for 1973 here. It was created by acclaimed photographer/director Tierney Gearon, and the song features Twin Shadow on guitar.
“As soon as I saw Tierney’s work I knew she would be perfect for ‘Kidsticks’. I love her use of colour and her layering of images. During the writing of the record I experienced different realities running consecutively. The idea of identity lost and found runs throughout the record. 1973 plays with this idea of memory and reality. There’s a surreal nature to Tierney’s work that I love, as well as her use of the Californian landscape and light. When Tierney and I met we decided to do the album artwork and also shoot footage too. Not in the way of a pop video but more as she might an art piece. The video has been edited together by Deborah Johnson of CandyStations, who works a lot with live projections. We plan to build on all the footage Tierney shot over the course of many meetings and make it a part of the live show. I want there to be a thread that runs through the record visually as it does musically.” Beth Orton
“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 has also announced her first US tour this June. All tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 20th. See all tour dates below.
Beth Orton live US dates:
6/07 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
6/09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Three Rivers Arts Festival
6/11 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
6/12 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
6/14 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
6/15 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
6/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
6/20 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
6/21 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
6/23 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door