LISTEN TO THE MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ARTIST’S NEW SINGLE FROM DEBUT ALBUM ‘TO LOVE IS TO LIVE’ OUT JUNE 12
Songwriter and singer Jehnny Beth (best known as the charismatic lead singer and co-writer for UK band Savages), has released a new single today titled “Heroine.” Produced by acclaimed producer Flood, the single marks the fourth release from her forthcoming debut solo album To Love Is To Live which is now set for release on June 12. The track follows previously released tracks “I’m The Man,” “Flower,” and “Innocence.”
The latest single delves into the dark and charismatic nature of the artist. Fierce percussion beats and prolific electronic melodies are encompassed by Beth’s alluring vocals and lyrics. “I never want to fall in love again” opens the track as Beth journeys down a sensual lyrical ride through self love and empowerment. Take a listen to the standout “Heroine” now below:
Regarding the single, Beth shares, “When I think of this song, I think of Romy from the xx strangling my neck with her hands in the studio. She was trying to get me out of my shell lyrically, and there was so much resistance in me she lost her patience. The song was originally called Heroism, but I wasn’t happy because it was too generic. Flood was the first one to suggest to say Heroine instead of Heroism. Then I remember Johnny Hostile late at night in my hotel room in London saying “I don’t understand who you are singing about. Who is the Heroine? You ARE the Heroine”. The next morning, I arrived early in the studio and recorded my vocals adding ‘to be’ to the chorus line: “all I want is TO BE a heroine”. Flood entered the studio at that moment and jumped in the air giving me the thumbs up through the window. I guess I’m telling this story because sometimes we look around for role models, and examples to follow, without realising that the answer can be hidden inside of us. I was afraid to be the Heroine of the song, but it took all the people around me to get me there.”
Jehnny Beth’s debut solo album, To Love Is To Live, was recorded in Los Angeles, London, and Paris, and features a number of collaborators, including producers Flood, Atticus Ross, and longtime co-creator Johnny Hostile. It also features guest turns from The xx’s Romy Madley Croft, actor Cillian Murphy, and IDLES’ Joe Talbot.
The album isn’t the artists only upcoming ventures. Alongside the release of her debut album this June, Jehnny Beth will also be releasing Crimes Against Love Memories (C.A.L.M.), her first book featuring a collection of her erotic short stories along with photography from Johnny Hostile, in July 2020 via White Rabbit.
Additionally, the second episode of Jehnny Beth’s music TV show on Arte, Echoes with Jehnny Beth is now available worldwide and features performances and interview with King Krule, Beak (Portishead’s Geoff Barrrow) and Nilufer Yanya. The segment can be viewed here.