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Beth Orton on World Cafe | October 5, 2012

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Until this week, it had been six years since Beth Orton released an album. In 1993, a chance meeting with Grammy-winning producer William Orbit led to the creation of her debut album, Trailer Park, as well as collaborations throughout the '90s with the likes of The Chemical Brothers. Her music was widely praised and dubbed "folktronica" — a blend of folk and electronic music. After a few more albums, Orton set the music business aside, had two children and got married.

In 2004, Orton met Bert Jansch and began guitar lessons with the legendary folk musician, who died a year ago. The lessons helped prepare Orton for her new album, Sugaring Season. (The name refers to the time of year when the sap rises and maple trees are tapped for syrup.) An understated album, it's far removed from Orton's electronic roots, with a series of lovely, intimate, largely acoustic showcases for her husky, expressive voice.

In this World Cafe session, Orton performs songs from her new album and talks to World Cafe's Michaela Majoun about the making of Sugaring Season. (link.)

Playlist

(( )) for interlude music

Hour 1

Nick Drake “Pink Moon” Pink Moon
The Smithereens “Blue Period” Smithereens 11
The Wallflowers “First One in the Car” Glad All Over
Glasvegas “Geraldine” Glasvegas
The Gaslight Anthem “Handwritten” Handwritten
((Beth Orton "Dawn Chorus" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Beth Orton “Magpie” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Beth Orton “Dawn Chorus” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Beth Orton “Mystery” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Beth Orton “Central Reservation” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Beth Orton “Magpie” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The XX “Angels” Coexist
John Martyn “I Don’t Want to Know” Solid Air
Polica “Dark Star” Give You the Ghost

Hour 2

Ziggy Marley “Conscious Party” Conscious Party
Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait” Babel
REM “The One I Love” Document
Sarah Harmer “Almost” All of our Names
Jason Lylte “Department of Disappearance” Department of Disappearance
War Paint “Undertow” The Fool
((Family Band "Ride" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Twin Shadow “Five Seconds” Confess
David Bowie “Soul Love” Ziggy Stardust
Daniel Lanois “Lotta Love to give” For the Beauty of Wynona
((Choir of Young Believers "Hollow Talks" This is For the White In Your Eyes))
Gary Clark Jr. “Ain’t Messin’ Around” Blak and Blu
Jimi Hendrix “Fire” Are You Experienced
Of Monsters & Men “Little talks” My Head is an Animal
Nada Surf “Whose Authority” Lucky
((Los Campesinos "You Me Dancing" Hold On Now Youngster))