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Bobby Gillespie from Primal Scream and Jehnny Beth from Savages are releasing a new collaborative album together, “Utopian Ashes”. Due out on July 2 via Third Man Recordings. They shared its second single, the string-backed “Chase It Down”  Thomas James directed the atmospheric black & white video.

Previously the duo shared the album’s first single, “Remember We Were Lovers” via a video for it. As well as Gillespie and Beth, the album also features Beth’s musical partner Johnny Hostile (bass) alongside three members of Primal Scream—Andrew Innes (guitar), Martin Duffy (piano), and Darrin Mooney (drums).

Utopian Ashes is a concept record of sorts that chronicles the collapse of a marriage. A press release compares the album to country-soul classics such as Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris’ Grievous Angel and George Jones and Tammy Wynette’s We Go Together.

“In the same way you create characters for a novel, we’ve created characters here,” says Beth in the press release. “But you put yourself in it, because you’re trying to understand the human situation. The singing has to be authentic. That’s all that matters.”

“When you write a song you marry the personal with the fictional and make art,” adds Gillespie. “I was thinking about two people living alone, together but apart, existing and suffering in a psychic malaise, who plough on because of responsibilities and commitments. It’s about the impermanence of everything—an existential fact that everyone has to face at some point in their lives.”

It was in 2015 when they were both invited to get up on stage with Suicide at the Barbican in London that the duo first met. In 2016 Beth joined Primal Scream on stage for a duet of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood’s “Some Velvet Morning” (a Primal Scream staple). Sessions for the album happened in Paris in 2017.

Summing up his intentions with Utopian Ashes Gillespie says: “I wanted to put pain back into music. I wasn’t hearing a lot of it in modern rock music.”

Jehnny Beth released her debut solo album, “To Love Is To Live”, last year via Caroline Records.

Primal Scream’s most recent album, “Chaosmosis” was released back in 2016 via the band’s own label, First International.

Savages summer tour

In 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”. But it cannot be understated that 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.

Savages had spent the first half of 2016 touring in support of their new album, Adore Life, and if you’ve seen any of those shows, you know just how intense an experience that is. If you haven’t, however, NPR Music is now offering a special broadcast of a live show in Washington, D.C. Shot in March at the 9:30 Club in Washington, the concert video finds the band tearing through songs from their new album and its predecessor, 2013′s Silence Yourself. It’ll make your morning just a little more exciting. Watch the full Savages live set below.

“I Am Here” — 0:54
“Sad Person” — 4:21
“City’s Full” — 8:21
“Slowing Down The World” — 12:28
“Shut Up” — 16:24
“She Will” — 20:29
“Husbands” — 24:27
“Surrender” — 28:43
“Evil” — 34:34
“When In Love” — 38:53
“I Need Something New” — 41:45
“The Answer” — 46:36
“Hit Me” — 50:50
“No Face” — 57:18
“T.I.W.Y.G.” — 01:01:17
“Mechanics” — 01:05:19
“Adore” — 01:12:59
“F******” — 01:21:36

Jehnny Beth was the formidable and mysterious leader of Savages’ flinty monochrome attack, remoulding stark post-punk into gender-fluid shapes. Retiring the band after two Mercury-nominated albums, and returning to France after more than a decade of self-discovery in London, this solo debut is the product of an intense period of self-reflection, softening the carapace of her English persona to ponder innocence and rustic roots.

Beth’s friend PJ Harvey laughingly dismissed her poetry as “terrible”, and even Cillian Murphy’s spoken-word turn can’t redeem some po-faced portentousness, or a chilly air of theory familiar from French erotic provocateurs such as Catherine Breillat. Mostly, though, Beth digs deeper, building an artistic identity capable of both transgressive rampages and introspective quiet.

Ambivalence is constant, as she plays with guilt and pines for innocence. “We Will Sin Together” suggests Jean Genet-like underworld adventures beyond good and evil, but allows for simple, lusty pleasure (“All I want is your sexy eyes/Your legs parting to the skies”). “Flower” is a breathily shivering ode to an LA stripper, delicate falling leaves of guitar adding grace to its electro glide. The thrusting cyber-swagger of “I’m the Man” dives deepest into Savages territory, only to make a startling feint into Seventies boudoir balladry, like Barry White gatecrashing The Prodigy. Even cocky humour slips in, when the elusive feminine Pimpernel of “Heroine” insists: “All I want is some good use of my great body.”

Beth’s rediscovery of her schoolgirl studies in jazz piano and literary bent both pay off in “The Rooms”, an enigmatic vignette of secret erotic exchanges with a heavy, languid atmosphere of French provincial shadows. “The French Countryside” is a limpid piano ballad, wide open to romantic ecstasy and the past. While retaining steely strength this is a fuller self-portrait, warmed by flesh and blood, remembered family and love.

‘Flower’ comes from Jehnny Beth’s debut solo album ‘To Love Is To Live.’
The album will be released June 12th

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******”