Beth Orton | photo by Tierney Gearon | courtesy of the artist
Listen to Beth Orton’s entrancing new single, “Moon”
She’s been revered in singer-songwriter circles for the past fifteen years, but longtime listeners know that Beth Orton got her start in the 90s UK electronica scene, lending her voice to big-beat compositions by the likes of The Chemical Brothers.
This spring, Orton will release her seventh LP, Kidsticks, and it’s a return to form in that it sees Orton backing her music with driving techno rhythms, though her songwriting and vocals – stunning as ever – remain in the forefront. The record was co-produced by Orton and Andrew Hung (a Bristol-based soundscaper who fronts the duo Fuck Buttons) and the lead single, “Moon,” rocks a totally infectious groove.
Opening on a bassline reminiscent of The White Stripes’ “The Hardest Button to Button,” the song kicks into high gear at the midway point as Orton uses the moon as a metaphor for clarity and connection: “I see the light and it’s bright, keeps me up all night / I feel the light burning bright.”
Listen to “Moon” below; Kidsticks is out on ANTI- Records on May 27th.