“Jehnny Beth is like a work of fiction. If you could draw her from scratch, you would not wish to alter a single stroke of her shape as a character. When she plays live, she walks out into the crowd across a sea of outstretched hands (Google it!) and she looks like my Joan of Arc. She talks about her love of moshpits, dangerous sex (in her lyrics, and a new book of short stories) and of emancipation.” – Mary Ann Hobbs, Grazia
Songwriter, singer, and multi-disciplinary artist Jehnny Beth has released a third track — titled “Innocence”– from her forthcoming album, To Love Is To Live, which has a new release date of June 12. “Innocence” is about the feeling of isolation and distance Jehnny Beth has experienced many times in big cities despite being so close to people all the time. Although recorded well before this, in many ways, it is an eerily prescient song of our now.
The release of “Innocence” is accompanied by a live video of the song filmed at rehearsal for Jehnny Beth’s incendiary live show, which debuted at the BBC 6 Music Festival last month. The video of “Innocence” pulses with the energy of that live show; except, in quarantine, it’s ultimately a candid show between you, the viewer, and Jehnny Beth.
Additionally, Jehnny Beth’s forthcoming debut solo album, To Love Is To Live, will now be released on June 12thvia Caroline Records. The decision to push back the album release came largely from Jehnny Beth’s desire to support local independent record stores by making sure the physical album could come out at the same time. She says: “Record stores are where I found myself as a teenager, digging through albums that ultimately shaped who I have become. To release my first ever solo album in a way that would leave them out felt wrong to me; luckily, we were able to find a date that would allow us to release the physical and digital album at the same time.”
The album, which was recorded in Los Angeles, London, and Paris, features a number of collaborators, including producers Flood,Atticus Ross, andlongtime co-creator Johnny Hostile, and guest turns from The xx’s Romy Madley Croft, actor Cillian Murphy, and IDLES’ Joe Talbot.
Jehnny Beth will also return with her much-loved radio show, “Start Making Sense,” via Apple Music, on April 18th which has previously featured artists such as Geoff Barrow from Portishead, Courtney Barnett, Mike D from The Beastie Boys and many more. The show will air every other Saturday at 8 am PST / 11 am EST / 4 pm GMT. The multi-disciplinary artist will also release 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.
Best known as the charismatic lead singer and co-writer of UK band Savages, who received Mercury Prize nominations for both of their now-classic two albums Silence Yourself (2013) and Adore Life (2016), Jehnny Beth’s voice, lyrical perspective, and incredible live performances have captivated audiences since the early Aughts. But it’s in To Love Is To Live that Jehnny Beth truly steps into – and claims – the spotlight. The album is a sonic tour de force, a dark cinematic meditation on the strange business of being alive. Throughout the record, she explores the deepest reaches of her creative consciousness…wrapped in a whirlwind of sounds. Indeed, in accessing those darkest and least comfortable parts of herself, Jehnny Beth has created a piece of work that is stunningly cathartic, fiercely abrasive, delicately exposed, and rich for discourse.