Beth Orton – “1973” (Stereogum Premiere)

Last month we learned Beth Orton was co-producing a new album called Kidsticks with Fuck Buttons member Andrew Hung, a return to the electronic pop music that served as Orton’s public introduction two decades ago. Lead single “Moon” was extremely promising, and the subsequent “1973” is even better. It’s a bouncing, burbling synthetic pop track that traces the line from Stereolab to Hot Chip, with a hard-hitting electronic beat and keyboards that gleam like the sun reflecting off polished chrome. Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. plays guitar on the song, and Guillermo E. Brown aka Pegasus Warning handles the drums. Listen below.

Orton’s tour dates:

05/27-28 Brighton, UK @ Brighton Festival
06/07 Chicago, IL @ City Winery
06/09 Pittsburgh, PA @ Three Rivers Arts Festival
06/11 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
06/12 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
06/14 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
06/15 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
06/19 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
06/20 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
06/21 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
06/23 Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
07/24 Topcliffe, UK @ Deershed Festival
08/06 London, UK @ Caught by the River Thames Festival

Kidsticks is out 5/27 on Anti-.