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Frontperson for British four-piece Savages, Jehnny Beth is releasing her debut solo album, “To Love Is to Live”, on June 12th via Caroline. Now she has shared another song from the album, “Heroine.” The second episode of Echoes, Beth’s music program for the French TV channel Arte, has also recently premiered and it features performances from King Krule, Nilüfer Yanya, and Beak Check out “Heroine” below.

Beth had this to say about “Heroine” in a press release: “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. [The producer] 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 realizing 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.”

To Love Is to Live was due out May 8th, but in April it was pushed back to June 12th due to COVID-19.

In November Beth shared the new unrelenting solo song, “I’m the Man,” from the soundtrack of the Netflix/BBC show Peaky Blinders. Then she shared a video for “I’m the Man.” When the album was announced, Beth shared its first single “Flower” announced a new erotic short story collection and photo book, C.A.L.M. (which stands for Crimes Against Love Manifesto). The book features short stories by Beth and photos by Johnny Hostile. C.A.L.M. is due out in July via White Rabbit.

To Love Is to Live was recorded in Los Angeles, London, and Paris with producers Flood, Atticus Ross, and longtime co-creator Johnny Hostile. The album also features The xx’s Romy Madley Croft, Peaky Blinders actor Cillian Murphy, and IDLES’ Joe Talbot.


Savages lead singer Jehnny Beth has shared her latest single “Innocence,” from her forthcoming debut solo record “To Love is to Live”. “Innocence” follows her previous singles “Flower” and “I’m the Man,” and it also comes with a new video featuring live footage from a rehearsal. The album release date was pushed back June 12th (via Caroline Records), and the decision was made due to Beth’s desire to support independent record stores.

“Record stores are where I found myself as a teenager, digging through albums that ultimately shaped who I have become,” Beth says. “To release my first ever solo album in a way that would leave them out felt wrong to me; luckily, we were able to find a date that would allow us to release the physical and digital album at the same time.”

“Innocence” opens with bold, pitched-down vocals and bare percussive stomps before Beth grabs the reins, railing against the romanticism of urban utopias. It’s a slightly hair-raising ode to alienation and loneliness, cloaked in Beth’s trademark jet-black smoke and spellbinding presence.

To Love is to Live, was recorded in Los Angeles, London, and Paris, and it features a number of big names like producers Flood, Atticus Ross and longtime co-creator Johnny Hostile, plus The xx’s Romy Madley Croft, actor Cillian Murphy, and IDLES’ Joe Talbot.

Beth will also release her first book, Crimes Against Love Memories (C.A.L.M.), a collection of erotic short stories and photography, in July via White Rabbit.

‘Innocence’ comes from Jehnny Beth’s debut solo album ‘To Love Is To Live.’ The album will be released May 8th

For the past nine years, Jehnny Beth has been known as the frontwoman of the ferocious post-punk band Savages  a live wire with a slick pixie cut and arresting onstage persona. When she made the decision to make a solo album in 2016, she was warned it was “a big mistake.” It proved to be exactly the encouragement she needed.

“When people are telling you that you’re making a mistake, it’s usually because you’re seeing something that they haven’t seen yet,” she said following her workout at a boxing club in West Hollywood.

Minutes earlier, sweat poured from her short, black hair as she cursed a final set of burpees. Although she’s based in her native France, Jehnny Beth discovered boxing in 2018 while working in Los Angeles on what turned into her solo debut, “To Love Is to Live,” due May 8th, and toying with a role in an action movie, which she eventually turned down.

“Boxing is the closest thing I have to the stage,” she explained, as she slid a collection of spiky silver rings back on her fingers. “It’s the closest I am to the physical intensity, the adrenaline, the fear.”

Jehnny Beth (real name: Camille Berthomier), 35, has performed live only twice since July 2017, when Savages concluded a world tour in support of their second album, “Adore Life.” As the band’s lead singer, she was as tender and angry as a bruise, delivering songs with an alluring intensity that earned comparisons to Ian Curtis and P.J. Harvey. She called Savages — which features the guitarist Gemma Thompson, the bassist Ayse Hassan and the drummer Fay Milton — “a gang against the world.”

Romy Madley Croft of the English indie-pop trio the xx, was a close friend, recalled the power of seeing Savages for the first time at Coachella in 2013. “Jehnny transported me,” Madley Croft said in a interview. “I was in the desert in the middle of the afternoon, but I felt like I was in a dark club.”

“I never really wanted to give a statement about Savages and if we’re coming back,” Jehnny Beth said, her accent a mellifluous blend of French and British. “If I feel like I want to do a punk record again, I’ll probably do it with Savages. It’s a great band with a soul, and that’s quite rare.”

Jehnny Beth hadn’t planned to branch out on her own. She was startled into action in January 2016, when she woke up in the middle of the night and learned that David Bowie had died. She stirred her longtime partner and producer, Johnny Hostile, and the pair stayed up until morning listening to Bowie’s final studio album, “Blackstar.”

“‘Blackstar’ had a huge influence in terms of reminding me how an album can be a testament, an imprint of your vision of the world, and it will last longer than you will,” she said. It inspired her to work on the solo album “as if I was going to die.”

“To Love Is to Live” is an eerie, almost cinematic experience, partially inspired by Spike Lee’s “25th Hour” and French noir films, and helped along by Johnny Hostile, who projected scenes from movies, including “Dunkirk,” on the walls of the studio as they wrote — a technique he employed while helming both Savages albums.

Jehnny Beth also tapped the producer Flood (U2, New Order) and Nine Inch Nails’ Atticus Ross to give the album an intriguing sonic dissonance. Its first single, “I’m the Man,” opens with a gentle recitation of Jehnny Beth’s poem “A Place Above” by the “Peaky Blinders” star Cillian Murphy (“See the most powerful man raise his hand to tell us a lie/No, no, not another lie”) before exploding into a full-blown electronic assault.

Madley Croft, who helped write two of the album’s songs and served as a sounding board, praised Jehnny Beth’s genre experiments, which include android vocal stylings, melancholic saxophones and a piano ballad. “You get to know her a lot more on this album,” Madley Croft said. “I’m really glad she’s harnessed that energy from Savages, but I could see that there was so much stuff in her mind that she wanted to get out.”

The night after her boxing workout, Jehnny Beth drove us in her rented black Mustang to join her friend and sometimes-collaborator Nick Zinner, of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, at their favorite haunt, Jumbo’s Clown Room, a no-nudity bikini bar in Hollywood where a prestardom Courtney Love used to pole dance. The two musicians frowned at a group of guys flicking balled-up dollar bills at one of the women, and over a glass of seltzer (she no longer drinks alcohol), Jehnny Beth explained that the album’s centerpiece “Flower” was written for one of the bar’s regular performers. The track’s lyrical agony is worthy of Anne Sexton, and the sultry thrum of the chorus — “She loves me and I love her/I’m not sure how to please her” — recalls Portishead’s 1994 masterpiece “Dummy.”

“I really wanted to do a love song for a woman,” said Jehnny Beth, who is bisexual and said she had difficulty expressing her desires when she was younger. “To me, women were in the distance,” she added, “so it’s been liberating to write about them.”

Growing up in Poitiers, a city in western France, Jehnny Beth learned English by singing jazz standards performed by Billie Holiday and Jane Baker. At 10, she introduced more contemporary music into the household, becoming an ardent fan of the band Placebo. Once, at a concert, she threw a treasured copy of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” at its frontman, Brian Molko, accidentally hitting his guitar. He chastised her from the stage, a detail that made it into several newspaper articles, all of which she saved.

Jehnny Beth met Johnny Hostile in her early 20s, through mutual friends. The unorthodox “h” in Jehnny is intended as a mirror reflection of Johnny (real name: Nicolas Congé). She moved to London with him, despite her parents’ warning that she was making a mistake, and the pair have been writing music together ever since, beginning in 2006 with their lo-fi indie collaboration John & Jehn.

Jehnny Beth even came to Savages via Johnny Hostile, who had been invited to start a band by Gemma Thompson. With the group on an unspecified hiatus, she has continued to evolve into a multi-hyphenate talent. “I was Jehnny Beth before Savages,” she added. “I always knew I was going to do other things.”

In February, she will host a TV talk show called “Echoes With Jehnny Beth” for a European channel that will expand the idea of her Beats 1 radio program, “Start Making Sense,” by prompting conversations between musical guests. In June, she will release a book of erotic short stories that began as a poetry collection before she made the rare decision to heed a critic. “Polly Jean Harvey told me my poetry was awful,” she said and laughed.

“I like doing things that are scary,” she added, and credited boxing for helping her make brave career choices. “Once you take a step, in spite of your fear, you realize: This is not how I imagined it would be, but it’s exactly how I want it to be.”

Savages’ Jehnny Beth shares new track ‘I’m The Man’

Earlier this year when Peaky Blinders was in full swing. The brilliant Jehnny Beth, of Savages fame, used the show’s soundtrack to debut a snippet of new material, and now she’s shared the whole track.

A blistering offering, ‘I’m The Man’ is the second solo work to come from Jehnny Beth, with the first being her soundtrack for the Chelsea Manning documentary, XY Chelsea.

“‘I’m The Man’ is an attempted study on humankind,” Jehnny says, of the track, “what we define as evil and the inner conflict of morality. Because it is much easier to label the people who are clearly tormented by obsessions as monsters than to discern the universal human background which is visible behind them. However, this song has not even a remote connection with a sociological study, collective psychology, or present politics; It is a poetic work first and foremost. Its aim is to make you feel, not think.”

The track also lands ahead of her new new television show, ECHOES, which is set to air later this year.

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Johnny Hostile chose Camille Berthonier, better known as Jehnny Beth, and even better known as a singer of the band Savages. A collaboration that makes sense because who knows Johnny better than Jehnny artistically? Already together in London in the 2000s, they compose many soundtracks for Chanel. An intimate piece illustrated by immersive shots, worthy of an experimental documentary.  ‘xy chelsea’ the film about Chelsea Manning for which Johnny Hostile and Jehnny Beth have composed the soundtrack will have its worldwide premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

extract from ‘xy chelsea’ original soundtrack ~ set to be release on June 7th,

The Danish master of dark electronica is set to return with a new album in September, Trentemøller is back, promising to deliver his much anticipated fourth full length album in just a few months time. Fixion will be the name of the record, and will neatly follow on from where the artist’s 2013 release Lost left off, set to be a “uniquely atmospheric and darkly romantic” successor to the rest of Anders Trentemøller’s acclaimed back catalogue.

Getting the excitement rolling, Trentemøller has also announced that Jehnny Beth vocalist of the band Savages fame will feature on two of the album’s tracks, the first of which, ‘River In Me’.

“I’ve been a huge Savages fan since their debut record…” says Trentemøller. “She has this really intense and unique voice and it ended up being really challenging, and fun, to take that voice out of the Savages’ universe and into mine.”

‘River In Me’ is the first single from the new album ‘Fixion’

This concert video, filmed in March before a sold-out crowd at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., the London band Savages is by turns tender and ferocious as it showcases tracks from its latest album, Adore Life. Savages’ lead singer Jehnny Beth is a revelation: Even as she challenges the audience to match the group’s energy from every corner of the stage — as well as catapulting herself onto the audience at one point — it’s Beth’s emotional, life-affirming lyrics that leave the strongest impression.

See for yourself: Savages’ U.S. tour begins on July 15.

  • “I Am Here”
  • “Sad Person”
  • “City’s Full”
  • “Slowing Down The World”
  • “Shut Up”
  • “She Will”
  • “Husbands”
  • “Surrender”
  • “Evil”
  • “When In Love”
  • “I Need Something New”
  • “The Answer”
  • “Hit Me”
  • “No Face”
  • “T.I.W.Y.G.”
  • “Mechanics”
  • “Adore”
  • “F******”

London rockers Savages perform a song off of their latest album “Adore Life.”

Savages continue to win the hearts and minds of the world, this time with a performance of their enigmatic track ‘Adore’ from their recent LP Adore Life.

Jehnny Beth and co. keep the potency seen in their recent domination of London’s Roundhouse and send a chill down the airwaves to all that were watching this spine-tingling performance.

To be honest, we have yet to see a performance from Savages that wasn’t in some way spine tingling.

Savages release their towering, fearsome sophomore album Adore Life, and you should go cop that. Last night, the band proved why. They rolled through Jimmy Kimmel Live, making a whole lot of noise and looking like very fashionable wraiths. On the show proper, they howled through “The Answer,” and as an online bonus, they did the quieter but somehow more intense “Adore.” On both songs, they absolutely slayed. Watch both performances below.

The duo shared a hazy video for their version of Sort Sol and Lydia Lunch’s track ‘Boy/Girl’.

An absurdist video for their cover of Sort Sol and Lydia Lunch’s 1984 single “Boy/Girl,” which sublimates the dizziness of the original into a blitzing buzz that’s uniquely theirs. the duet between Julian Casablancas and Savages singer Jehnny Beth has seemed since its announcement to be a match in leather-clad heaven, and the resulting cover of a haywire Danish punk classic fulfills on the collaboration’s promise.

Watch the video here in advance of the single’s December 18th release on Casablancas’ Cult Records.