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Beth Gibbons debut solo album announced, new song ‘Floating On A Moment’

Beth Gibbons debut solo album announced, new song ‘Floating On A Moment’

Photo: Beth Gibbons. Credit: Netti-Habel

Portishead singer Beth Gibbons will release a debut solo album on Domino Records this May.

Lives Outgrown is out on Friday 17th May on the label and is preceded by a gorgeous new single ‘Floating On A Moment’ out today – a psychedelic pastoral folk song. The album features 10 tracks recorded over a period of 10 years, the album was produced by James Ford and Beth Gibbons with additional production by Lee Harris (Talk Talk).

Lives Outgrown is, by some measure, Beth’s most personal work to date, the result of a period of sustained reflection and change — “lots of goodbyes,” in Beth’s words. Farewells to family, to friends, even to her former self. These are songs from the mid-course of life, when looking ahead no longer yields what it used to, and looking back has a sudden, sharper focus.

More on the album below, the video is by multi-media artist and director Tony Oursler (the man responsible for David Bowie’s ‘Where Are We Now?‘ video).

UK and European tour dates are announced below.

About Beth Gibbons new album….

“I realised what life was like with no hope,” says Beth. “And that was a sadness I’d never felt. Before, I had the ability to change my future, but when you’re up against your body, you can’t make it do something it doesn’t want to do.”

Songs also touch on motherhood, anxiety and the menopause (which Beth describes variously as “a massive audit” and “a massive comedown” which “cuts you at the knees”) as well as, inevitably, mortality.

“People started dying,” says Beth. “When you’re young, you never know the endings, you don’t know how it’s going to pan out. You think: we’re going to get beyond this. It’s going to get better. Some endings are hard to digest.”

But emerging from this decade of change and realignment has left Beth with what feels like a renewed purpose. “Now I’ve come out of the other end, I just think, you’ve got to be brave,” she says.

“When I first heard “Floating On A Moment” it literally transported me from place to place, filling me with kaleidoscopic emotions and visions. If possible, I wanted to capture that psychic liquid in this video. Beth’s work is so powerful it can lead us through life’s forests and fires, revealing glimpses of possible futures. With a voice and music like that I knew we had to make images which are open, somehow speculative. ” – Tony Oursler

Lives Outgrown tracklisting

  1. Tell Me Who You Are Today
  2. Floating On A Moment
  3. Burden Of Life
  4. Lost Changes
  5. Rewind
  6. Reaching Out
  7. Oceans
  8. For Sale
  9. Beyond The Sun
  10. Whispering Love

Lives Outgrown will be available on the following formats: Standard LP, Deluxe LP (Tip-on Gatefold sleeve, heavyweight vinyl, 4 page booklet, 12 page A5 studio scrapbook), Standard CD and Deluxe CD (casebound book). Purchases from DominoMart & come with a signed postcard.

About Beth Gibbon

In addition to Beth’s work with Portishead, her Out Of Season album with Rustin Man (2002) and the recording of her performance of Górecki’s Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs (2014), she has most recently been heard collaborating with Kendrick Lamar on 2022’s ‘Mother I Sober’ from his Mr Morale & the Big Steppers album.

Beth Gibbon Tour Dates

Beth Gibbons will be performing the following concerts in the UK and Europe in May and June. Tickets will be for sale on Friday the 16th of February, details via Beth’s website.

Monday 27th May – La Salle Pleyel, Paris

Tuesday 28th May – Theater 11, Zürich

Thursday 30th – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona

Friday 31st, La Bourse Du Travail, Lyon

Sunday 2nd June – Uber Eats Music Hall, Berlin

Monday 3rd June – Falkonersalen, Copenhagen

Wednesday 5th June – TivoliVredenburg (Main Hall), Utrecht

Thursday 6th June – Cirque Royal, Brussels

Sunday 9th June – The Barbican Centre, London

Monday 10th June – Albert Hall, Manchester

Tuesday 11th June – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

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