LP, Limited Edition, Transparent Vinyl
Partisan Records – PTKF3023-3 (2022) UK, EU, US
Many musicians turn inward when the world around them seems chaotic and unreliable. Reframing one's perception of self can often reveal new personal truths both uncomfortable and profound, and for Beth Orton, music re-emerged in the past several years as a tethering force even when her own life felt more tumultuous than ever. Indeed, the foundations of the songs on Orton's stunning new album, Weather Alive, are nothing more than her voice and a cheap, crappy upright piano installed in a shed in her garden, conjuring a deeply meditative atmosphere that remains long after the final note has evaporated.
Orton's close collaborators on Weather Alive include Tom Skinner (Sons of Kemet, The Smile) on drums and Tom Herbert on bass, with additional players adding nuance and color to the music Shahzad Ismaily on guitar, drums, harmonica, bass and Moog, Sam Beste on vibraphone, Francine Perry on synths, and Alabaster dePlume on saxophone.