Beth Orton shares new song "Fractals" with Alabaster DePlume (Partisan debut LP 'Weather Alive' out 9/23)

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Saturday, September 17, 2022

English singer/songwriter Beth Orton today releases the new song “Fractals” which features jazz poet Alabaster dePlume on the swirling saxophone, The Smile drummer Tom Skinner, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily and Mercury Prize nominated bassist Tom Herbert of The Invisible. These musicians locked naturally into Orton’s sensibilities, expanding the new sonic world she’s created. Initially inspired by the 2020 deaths of the legendary producers Andrew Weatherall and Hal Willner, two of Orton’s most beloved musical compatriots, says Orton of the song, “The track is a beautiful example of the nature of collaboration, where people come in as they are,” she says. “You’re hearing the first take. I would never have been able to conjure that music without these musicians.”

“Fractals” is the latest preview from Orton’s first LP in six years and Partisan Records debut Weather Alive, out September 23rd. Listen and watch the “Fractals” visualizer here:

Already the array of released tracks has positioned Weather Alive as the album of Orton’s esteemed career which she herself calls a collaboration with the self, also her first self-produced LP in her nearly 30-year career. Recently Orton was also at the helm of the camera for her self-directed video for “Friday Night” shot in Hydra, Greece. Revisit the warm Proust-referencing track here:

Praise for Weather Alive’s “Forever Young” and the lead single/title track (released in May) has poured in from The New York Times, NME, and Pitchfork who named “Weather Alive” a Best New Track calling it “a slow-burning tour de force.” MOJO added in their four-star review that the album “Nestles somewhere between Talk Talk’s final years and Bill Fay’s late beauties, between Alice Coltrane’s intimate hymns and Fiona Apple’s softest moments...the musical richness only mirrors Orton’s astounding writing.”

On November 1st, Orton will embark on her fist US headlining tour in over five years following her return to live shows on an arena stint with Alanis Morisette this Spring. Orton will play at Bowery Ballroom in NYC, The Teragram in Los Angeles, The Mayfield in Chicago and more. This Fall, she will also play a handful of UK and EU festivals before a headline UK tour through October including a KOKO Camden show on October 9th. See the full list of tour dates below and here:


7 OCT 2022 / UK / Birmingham / Academy 2

8 OCT 2022 / UK / Brighton / St. Bartholomew’s Church

9 OCT 2022 / UK / London / KOKO

10 OCT 2022 / UK / Norwich / Arts Centre

12 OCT 2022 / UK / Bristol / St. George’s

13 OCT 2022 / UK / Glasgow / Classic Grand

15 OCT 2022 / UK / Manchester / RCMN Concert Hall

16 OCT 2022 / UK / Leeds / Brudenell Social Club

NOV 1 2022 / Washington, DC / Sixth & I

NOV 2 2022 / Philadelphia, PA / World Café Live

NOV 3 2022 / Montclair, NJ / First Congregational Church

NOV 5 2022 / New York, NY / Bowery Ballroom

NOV 6 2022 / Somerville, MA / Crystal Ballroom

NOV 7 2022 / Montreal, QUE / Le Studio TD

NOV 8 2022 / Toronto, ONT / The Great Hall

NOV 10 2022 / Chicago, IL / The Mayfield

NOV 11 2022 / Milwaukee, WI / Pabst Theatre

NOV 12 2022 / Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN / The Cedar

NOV 14 2022 / Denver, CO / Oriental Theater

NOV 17 2022 / Los Angeles, CA / Teragram Ballroom

NOV 18 2022 / San Francisco, CA / Bimbo's

NOV 20 2022 / Portland, OR / Mississippi Studios

NOV 21 2022 / Seattle, WA / Neptune

NOV 22 2022 / Vancouver, BC / Hollywood Theater