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Tuesday 09 October 2012

It's Sugaring Season For Beth Orton As She Escapes Domesticity For The Spotlight

It's been a while, well six years to be precise. But then Beth Orton has always been tightly tied to her emotions and ever changing moods. There again, her new album, Sugaring Season, is a sweeter-than-expected treat considering that many of us feared she was forevermore lost to domesticity.


“I had no preconceptions about motherhood; ­ really I had no idea what it would be like. And to begin with, I think it overwhelmed me,” said Orton.

Back in 2006, when her last album, Comfort Of Strangers, left its mark as the product of a somewhat frazzled creative creature, Orton’s well catalogued hedonistic lifestyle was about to change as single-motherhood and the loss of her mother beckoned.

Sugaring Season also says farewell to the collaborative dance beats that so beautifully bedded her folk tales captured on her career defining album, Trailer Park.



The much missed Scottish folk icon Bert Jansch was the major influence on Orton’s new material.

“Even before Trailer Park, I had this fantasy that Bert would play guitar on my album. ‘His sound is so modern and yet it’s clearly not.”

The title of Sugaring Season is a reference to the time of year when maple trees are tapped for syrup.

"It takes a lot of sap to make a little bit of syrup," she explains.



"But what makes the flow are these long, cold nights alternating with those ever so slightly warmer days – beauty and melancholy mixed together – and after that, that's when the sweetness comes."

All of her recent releases are 'carbon neutral', whereby a tree is planted in a poor area of Mexico for every certain amount of units produced, to offset the emissions generated when pressing the CDs and other marketing paraphernalia.

Beth Orton plays St George's Church, Kemp Town, Brighton, on Friday 30th November. For tickets CLICK HERE.
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