Beth Orton Returns with First New Album in Six Years, Announces North American Tour

Beth Orton Returns with First New Album in Six Years, Announces North American Tour
It's been two years since alt-folk artist Beth Orton announced she had inked up with the Anti- imprint for her next LP, and that long-awaited album will finally arrive this fall. Titled Sugaring Season, it hits retailers October 2.

The ten-song set, which follows Orton's 2006 Jim O'Rourke-produced Comfort of Strangers, was tracked in Portland with Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, the Decemberists) and, according to a press release, has the British songstress supported by a "dream band of new and old friends." Included on the sessions are keyboardist Rob Burger, bassist Sebastian Steinberg, drummer Brian Blade, guitarists Marc Ribot and Ted Barnes, and vocalist Sam Amidon.

"I stretched myself as a singer on this record and used voices I never have before as a writer," Orton said in a statement. "A lot of the writing on this record happened in the dead of night, when spiders mend their webs, with an infant asleep in the next room... as a result, my writing became a secret again: illicit and my own."

You can check out the tracklisting for Sugaring Season down below, where you'll also find a new video for the woeful and precious, strings-adorned album track "Something More Beautiful."

On top of the new album, Orton will be taking her show on the road this fall, with North American dates running through September and October. Along the way, she'll hit up Montreal on September 29, Toronto on September 30 and Vancouver on October 16. You can see the schedule down below.

Sugaring Season:


1. Magpie

2. Dawn Chorus

3. Candles

4. Something More Beautiful

5. Call me the Breeze

6. Poison Tree

7. See through Blue

8. Last Leaves of Autumn

9. State of Grace

10. Mystery

Tour dates:


9/20 Nashville, TN - The Belcourt Theatre

9/21 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse

9/22 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle

9/24 Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater

9/25 Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre

9/27 Washington, DC - Sixth and I Historic Synagogue

9/28 Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre

9/29 Montreal, QC - L'Astral

9/30 Toronto, ON - Virgin Mobile Mod Club

10/4 New York, NY - Town Hall

10/8 Chicago, IL - Antenaeum Theatre

10/9 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom

10/10 Minneapolis, MN -The Varsity Theater

10/12 Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre & Café

10/13 Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room

10/15 Seattle, WA - The Market

10/16 Vancouver, BC - Venue

10/17 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom

10/19 San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom

10/22 San Diego, CA - House of Blues

10/23 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre