““Co-op” is divine – an exquisite and delicate tribute to the insular comfort of the mundane” THE INDEPENDENT
““English singer/songwriter Bess Atwell is quickly becoming one of the most exciting new voices in English folk. With luminous vocals and pastoral instrumentation, she recalls Laura Marling or Julia Jacklin’s folk style filtered through Lana Del Rey’s summery haze.” UNDER THE RADAR
“Bess Atwell is something special.The English songwriter’s folk-textured indie pop has a quiet calm that is overwhelming, patching together gossamer melody with biting lyrics.New single ‘Co-op’ is out now, a beautiful pearl of a song that is ushered out into the world via Lucy Rose’s own label.” CLASH (track of the day)
“With its luscious ripples of guitar and soft production surrounding Atwell’s crystalline vocals, it is an exquisite listen detailing a charming vignette of Atwell’s life with her partner.” RECORD OF THE DAY
“Like the first blooms of spring, Atwell’s latest single unfolds with serene ripples of guitar strings surrounded by her lush calming vocals, leading us to a track that has us reminiscent of Lana Del Rey and Phoebe Bridgers. Similar to her previous offerings, the track maintains the same fresh and unique sound she has displayed throughout her career.” WONDERLAND
Following up the release of her beautiful new single ‘Co-op’, which was premiered on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6Music show, featured on Spotify UK’s NMF playlist amongst others and has received tastemaker support from Under The Radar, The Independent, Wonderland, Record of the Day and many more, emerging singer and songwriter Bess Atwell now delivers an exceptional live rendition of her latest offering.
Capturing the same warm and inviting flow of the original recording, this new live performance of ‘Co-op’ looks to fully unwrap the spellbinding presence that Bess brings to the record. Choosing to leave her guitar out of the picture, she has been able to reflect her own passionate demeanour throughout the release, offering up a far more intimate and inviting persona from start to finish.
Speaking about the new rendition, “Lyrically, Co-op is my most stark and bold song and I wanted the way we performed it to reflect that. I’ve always hidden behind a guitar when I play live so going instrument-less was exciting and out of my comfort zone.”
‘Co-op’ is an exquisite work that unfurls like one of those first precious blooms of spring; luscious ripples of guitar surround Atwell’s crystalline vocals (that will undoubtedly draw favourable comparisons to the likes of Marika Hackman and Julia Jacklin). Her lyrics switch between the past and present tense, offering polaroid snapshots of a time where refuge and routine took precedent. It’s a charming vignette of Atwell’s life with her partner; a relationship that provided “some sort of permission to recuperate from family trauma”. It lays the groundwork for the ensuing exploration, what drives us to seek comfort, and what drives us away from it. This is perhaps most evident in her referencing Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway in the line, “It’s the laughter, it’s the plunge”. That scene – where the title character looks out at a peaceful view and is suddenly overwhelmed by dread that something terrible is about to happen – encapsulates what Atwell is trying to understand through her music.
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