Beth Orton

The first song we heard from Sugaring Season, Beth Orton’s first album in six years, “Something More Beautiful,” was a massive orchestral ballad. Today, the English singer-songwriter stopped by NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series and debuted three new tracks: “Dawn Chorus,” Candles,” and “Poison Tree” (as well as a rendition of “Sweetest Decline” from 1999′s Central Reservation). Stripped down to the raw essentials here — just Orton and a guitar — the songs are stark, haunting, and lovely. And man, what a voice. Check it out:


(via NPR)

Beth Orton tour dates:
09/20 – Nashville, TN @ The Belcourt Theatre
09/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
09/22 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
09/24 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
09/25 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
09/27 – Washington, DC @ Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
09/28 – Somerville, MA @ Somerville Theatre
09/29 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
09/30 – Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
10/04 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
10/08 – Chicago, IL @ Antenaeum Theatre
10/09 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
10/10 – Minneapolis, MN @The Varsity Theater
10/12 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre & Café
10/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
10/15 – Seattle, WA @ The Market
10/16 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue
10/17 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/20 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Restaurant & Music Club
10/22 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues-San Diego
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

Sugaring Season tracklist:
01 “Magpie”
02 “Dawn Chorus”
03 “Candles”
04 “Something More Beautiful”
05 “Call Me The Breeze”
06 “Poison Tree”
07 “See Through Blue”
08 “Last Leaves Of Autumn”
09 “State Of Grace”
10 “Mystery”

Sugaring Season is out 10/2 via Anti-.

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Comments (3)
  1. shit i read Beth Gibbons and I thought wow cool finally new Portishead tunes!. but then its the OTHER Beth from that era, but thats cool as well.

  2. it really takes beth orton to make you guys pay attention to tiny desk?

  3. no one to say Beth Orton’s record is one of the best albums of the year ? Well, I said it. I’m amazed by the lack of interest of people here for her return.

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