Singer-Songwriter, singer, and multi-disciplinary artist Jehnny Beth, best known for her work with her band Savages, has released the second single taken from her forthcoming album, ‘To Love Is To Live’, which has a new release date of June 12 via Caroline Records. Titled ‘Heroine’ it is produced by acclaimed producer Flood.
About the track Beth had this to say, “When I think of this song, I think of Romy from the xx strangling my neck with her hands in the studio. She was trying to get me out of my shell lyrically, and there was so much resistance in me she lost her patience. The song was originally called Heroism, but I wasn’t happy because it was too generic. Flood was the first one to suggest to say Heroine instead of Heroism. Then I remember Johnny Hostile late at night in my hotel room in London saying, “I don’t understand who you are singing about. Who is the Heroine? You ARE the Heroine”. The next morning, I arrived early in the studio and recorded my vocals adding ‘to be’ to the chorus line: “all I want is TO BE a heroine”. Flood entered the studio at that moment and jumped in the air giving me the thumbs up through the window. I guess I’m telling this story because sometimes we look around for role models, and examples to follow, without realising that the answer can be hidden inside of us. I was afraid to be the Heroine of the song, but it took all the people around me to get me there.”
A quick drum beat starts the song off with some synths adding some hep chords before Jehnny’s silken voice completes the track stating “all she wanted….. was to be a heroine” It’s a song very much in keeping with Beth’s fiercely strong feminine attitude which is enough to grab your attention even without the brilliance of her music. Beth is creating something very much needed right now and we all should be listening.
Check it out, here.
Additionally, the second episode of Jehnny Beth’s music TV show on Arte, entitled – Echoes with Jehnny Beth, is available worldwide now, and features performances and interviews with King Krule, Beak> (Portishead’s Geoff Barrow), and Nilufer Yanya. Click HERE to watch it.
In addition to releasing To Love Is To Live this June, Jehnny Beth will also be releasing 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. The book is a collaboration with longtime creative partner Johnny Hostile, whose photographs punctuate Jehnny Beth’s stories.