English singer-songwriter Beth Orton releases her fifth LP, Sugaring Season, next Tuesday, October 2. The album is streaming today via NPR Music, and NPR’s Stephen Thomas writes that the album’s scaled-back production, a surprising direction for the onetime electronica vocalist, recalls English-folk heritage artists like Pentangle.
If anything on Sugaring Season finds its way onto a dance remix, it’ll involve a particularly imaginative sample. Still, for all its deliberate pacing and acoustic flourishes, Sugaring Season isn’t meek: In “Candles,” “Something More Beautiful” and elsewhere, the album unleashes a kind of churning, rumbling urgency in which intensity stands in for speed.
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