Local folk artist Bess Atwell is set to digitally release ‘Grace’, on Friday 12th October, the second single taken from her forthcoming EP.
Recorded at Soup Studios in East London with producer Giles Barrett (John Grant, Johnny Flynn, Deep Throat Choir, Goat Girl), ‘Grace’ follows up ‘Swimming Pool’, which was added to Spotify’s worldwide ‘New Music Friday’ and ‘Fresh Folk’ playlists, as well as being playlisted by BBC Radio 6.
Taking inspiration from the likes of The National, Fleet Foxes and Sharon Van Etten, the musician has spent the last two years refining her sound and playing headline shows and festivals such as The Great Escape and Green Man.
“There were a few years where ‘folk’ became so popular it almost became a dirty word for me; something that had been taken from timeless to fashionable,” explains Bess. “Though the prospect of taking a step back was scary, it gave me the necessary space to fall back in love with folk and incorporate it with newer indie-rock and pop influences. The new music is a conversation with oneself about the idealism of love and womanhood and I can’t wait to get it out into the world.”
She’s doing a couple of support slots this month, with Wild Front, 10th October, and Hembree, 29th October, both at The Hope & Ruin.