Acclaimed British singer and songwriter Beth Orton has announced the release of her new single ‘Magpie’. The single will be released on October 1st, on the same day as her new album 'Sugaring Season'.
Haunting and insistent, the track builds from spare acoustic guitar to an intricately orchestrated crescendo of strings, drums, and layered vocals. You can listen to it by clicking here.
"I am obsessed by the birds outside of my window," she told Rolling Stone about the song's inspiration. "Wherever I live I am followed by two blue jays. These birds have many stories attached to them.
"There is a lot of superstition and conjecture around their stories. These birds hold wisdom for me. They are also oblivious to the fear they raise in others. All the time people are inventing stories to justify actions that often have no bearing on reality.
"I have experienced being silenced and this song came out of that. It was my way of keeping my voice and a sense of freedom alive."
'Magpie' is taken from Beth Orton’s first album in six years and her Anti-Records debut 'Sugaring Season,' Recorded in Portland, Oregon, with producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists), the album bears the fruits of a period of introspection & renewal: deeply lyrical songwriting, a newfound expressivity of voice, and, more than ever before, a daring synthesis of her broad musical influences into a powerfully individual artistic vision.
Beth Orton will be touring in UK and Ireland in November and December this year. For full list of dates, please see below:
Sunday, November 25 - Leamington Spa - Assembly Rooms
Monday, November 26 - Birmingham - Glee Club
Tuesday, November 27 - Sheffield - Memorial Hall
Thursday, November 29 - Ashford Kent - St. Mary's Church
Friday, November 30 - Brighton - St Georges Church
Sunday, December 2 - Norwich - Arts Centre
Monday, December 3 - Milton Keynes - The Stables
Wednesday, December 5 - London - Union Chapel
Thursday, December 6 - Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
Friday, December 7 - Bristol - Thekla
Sunday, December 9 - Manchester - RHCM
Monday, December 10 - Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday, December 11 - Cardiff - Glee Club
Thursday, December 13 - Glasgow - Oran Mor
Friday, December 14 - Dublin (IE) - Pepper Canister Church