Singer, songwriter and multi-disciplinary artist Jehnny Beth has announced that she will release her debut solo album, To Love Is To Live, on May 8 via Caroline Records.

Jehnny Beth. Pic by Johnny Hostile.

Recorded in Los Angeles, London, and Paris, the record features a number of collaborators, including producers Flood, Atticus Ross, and long-time co-creator Johnny Hostile, and guest turns from The xx’s Romy Madley Croft, actor Cillian Murphy, and IDLES’ Joe Talbot.

The Savages frontwoman has also shared a new song from the album, Flower, which follows last year’s standalone single I’m The Man, which was lauded by the New York Times for its “bravado and tenderness”.

To Love Is To Live is Jehnny Beth’s debut solo album.

I’m The Man also saw the beginning of Jehnny Beth’s cinematic collaboration with acclaimed director Anthony Byrne (Peaky Blinders).

Flower sees Jehnny Beth heading in completely different sonic territory to I’m The Man, taming the former’s tempestuous pulse into something simmering and sensual.

Written about a pole dancer at notorious strip club Jumbo’s Clown Room in Los Angeles, Flower details the complicated depths of sexuality tangled in a fever dream reverie of desire and loss. 

Best known as the charismatic lead singer and co-writer of UK band Savages, who received Mercury Prize nominations for both their debut album Silence Yourself (2013) and Adore Life (2016), her voice, lyrical perspective, and incredible live performances have captivated audiences.

But To Love Is To Livesees her truly step into – and claim – the spotlight. The album is a sonic tour de force, a dark cinematic meditation on the strange business of being alive.

Jehnny Beth is best known as the singer in post-punk band Savages. Pic: Steve Gullick.

Jehnny Beth will be playing select shows throughout 2020, as follows:

8 March – London, UK @ BBC 6 Music Festival

29 May – London, UK @ All Points East Festival

31 May – Kværndrup, Denmark @ Heartland Festival

2 June – Hamburg, Germany @ Mojo

4 June – Paris, France @ La Gaîté Lyrique

5 June – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Festival

9 June – Milan, Italy @ Magnolia

10 June – Marina Di Ravena, Italy @ Beaches Brew Festival

12 June – Porto, Portugal @ Primavera Festival

30 June – Berlin, Germany @ Säälchen

3 July – Ewjik, Netherlands @ Down the Rabbit Hole Festival

4 July – Arras, France @ Main Square Festival 2020

15 July – Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theater

18 July – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

19 July – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

21 July – Montreal, QC @ Fairmount Theatre

22 July – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

23 July – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts

25 July – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

26 July – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

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