Beth Orton-s sublime debut album in 1993 was the limited edition Japanese only release, Superpinkymandy, that found Beth working with William Orbit. The album is a brilliant electronic songbook that sadly has long been out of print. Currently, the Toshiba/EMI album (only 5000 were made) commands hundreds of dollars at auction. It was Orbit who helped guide Beth toward a solo career after working together on his Strange Cargo project.
Beth has gone on to record Trailer Park (Dedicated - 1996), Best Bit EP (Dedicated - 1997) Central Reservation (Arista - 2000) and Daybreaker (Astralwerks/Emd - 2002).
In 2000, Beth Orton won the Best British Female Brit Award for her Central Reservation album. The Brit is the equivalent of the American Grammy Award. In America, Beth Orton-s profile is rising as evidenced in 2002 where she was one of the star attractions at b>KCRW-s benefit concert, A Sounds Eclectic Evening.
Daybreaker, was released in the summer of 2002. Beth says the title is a "made; up word to describe the sun coming up, the start of a new day and the sound of a record playing as the dawn breaks." The first single Concrete Sky was co-written by Beth and ex-Smiths guitar slinger Johnny Marr and features vocal accompaniment by Ryan Adams.
Beth Orton has visited the KCRW studios several times over the last few years as a guest DJ and performer charming listeners with her smooth as silk smoky vocals and her heartbreaking songs that glisten with raw beauty.
- Harold Cane (http://www.bethorton.mu)