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.
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”.
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 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