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Portishead's Beth Gibbons Shares New Track 'Reaching Out' From Upcoming Solo Debut

The Portishead singer's debut solo album 'Lives Outgrown' is arriving next month.

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Source: Netti Habel

Her solo album was recorded over the course of the last 10 years.

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Beth Gibbons, singer of the iconic trip-hop greats Portishead, has somehow never released a full-on solo album. Fortunately, that'll change next month with the advent of Lives Outgrown.

Lives Outgrown was recorded over the course of the last 10 years and co-produced with James Ford with additional production by Talk Talk drummer Lee Harris.

Her new single, "Reaching Out," comes with an interactive music video made in collaboration with the visual artist Weirdcore, who's worked with people like Aphex Twin and Arca.

The trippy clip features 3D models of Gibbons falling through a psychedelic spacescape. You can check it out here or watch the non-interactive version below.

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"Reaching Out" is the second track that Gibbons has shared from the record following lead single "Floating on a Moment," which was accompanied by a video from multimedia artist Tony Oursler, who previously directed David Bowie's "Where Are We Now" video.

"When I first heard ‘Floating on a Moment’ it literally transported me from place to place, filling me with kaleidoscopic emotions and visions," Oursler explained in a statement. "If possible, I wanted to capture that psychic liquid in this video. Beth's work is so powerful it can lead us through life's forests and fires, revealing glimpses of possible futures. With a voice and music like that I knew we had to make images which are open, somehow speculative."

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Upon announcing her debut solo album earlier this year, Gibbons wrote, "As usual it reflects what’s been going on with me internally, my 50s have brought forward a new yet older horizon. It has been a time of farewells to family, friends and even to who I was before, the lyrics mirroring my anxieties and sleepless nighttime ruminations, hence ‘Lives Outgrown’. Not just because of the way we travel through emotional or psychological transitions in our lives but relating more to the time we leave this planet and our motion into the unknown. Something I fear but just need to try and celebrate as a moment approaching, gifting the ability to grow beyond the restraints of this physical world.

"The sound was also a process, exploring structures within my own personal capabilities. I wanted to draw away from breakbeats and snares, focusing on the woody fabric of timbres away from the sugary addiction of high frequencies that satisfy like sugar and salt," she added. "I hope those of you who have been so loyal and supportive over the years along with any new listeners will enjoy."

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Source: Domino


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

Lives Outgrown is out May 17 via Domino.

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beth gibbons
Source: Netti Habel

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