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Beth Gibbons of Portishead Announces Debut Solo Album ‘Lives Outgrown’ + Tour Dates

  • February 7, 2024
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Beth Gibbons of Portishead Announces Debut Solo Album ‘Lives Outgrown’ + Tour Dates

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Beth Gibbons unveils her inaugural solo venture, Lives Outgrown, graced with ten soul-stirring tracks meticulously crafted over a decade. This musical odyssey is brought to life under the production expertise of James Ford, known for his work with Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode, and The Last Dinner Party, alongside Gibbons herself, with Lee Harris of Talk Talk providing additional production touches.

This album stands as Gibbons’ most intimate creation, a reflection of enduring change and introspection, marked by significant departures from the familiar—be it family, friends, or facets of her past self. It encapsulates the essence of navigating life’s midpoint, where future prospects no longer seem as bright, and the past takes on a new, poignant clarity. See “Floating On A Moment” below:

Beth shares a profound realization of encountering a future without hope, a depth of sadness previously uncharted. She touches on the inevitable struggles with one’s physical limitations, motherhood, anxiety, and the transformative journey through menopause—described as both an exhaustive audit and a challenging descent, and the stark reality of mortality.

She reflects on the harsh lessons of loss and the difficulty in accepting life’s irreversible conclusions, emphasizing the youthful naivety towards life’s eventualities. Yet, from this decade of transformation and realignment, she emerges with a sense of newfound courage and purpose.

The album’s lead single, “Floating On A Moment,” is accompanied by a visually arresting video directed by the renowned Tony Oursler, who sought to encapsulate the song’s emotive and transformative power through a visually speculative narrative, highlighting Gibbons’ ability to navigate through life’s complexities with her evocative music and voice.

Beth Gibbons, celebrated for her contributions to Portishead, her collaboration with Rustin Man on “Out Of Season” (2002), her rendition of Górecki’s “Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs” (2014), and her recent collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on “Mother I Sober” from his 2022 album, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” continues to explore new musical terrains.

Lives Outgrown will be accessible across various formats, including Standard and Deluxe LPs, featuring a tip-on gatefold sleeve, heavyweight vinyl, and exclusive booklets, as well as Standard and Deluxe CDs. Special editions purchased from DominoMart and Beth Gibbons’ official website will include a signed postcard, offering fans a tangible piece of this profound artistic journey.

 

Tracklist 

1. Tell Me Who You Are Today

2. Floating On A Moment

3. Burden Of Life

4. Lost Changes

5. Rewind

6. Reaching Out

7. Oceans

8. For Sale

9. Beyond The Sun

10. Whispering Love

 

Beth will be returning to the live arena to perform the following concerts in the UK and Europe in May and June. Tickets will be available from Beth’s website.

 

5/27: La Salle Pleyel – Paris

5/28: Theater 11 – Zürich

5/30: Primavera Sound Festival – Barcelona

5/31: La Bourse Du Travail – Lyon

6/02: Uber Eats Music Hall – Berlin

6/03: Falkonersalen – Copenhagen

6/05: Tivoli Vredenburg (Main Hall) – Utrecht

6/06: Cirque Royal – Brussels

6/09: The Barbican Centre – London

6/10: Albert Hall – Manchester

6/11: Usher Hall – Edinburgh

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