Beth Gibbons announces debut solo album and releases single, Floating On A Moment
Portishead’s Beth Gibbons has released solo single Floating On A Moment

Portishead’s Beth Gibbons announces debut solo album and releases single

Portishead’s Beth Gibbons has announced details of her debut solo album, Lives Outgrown, which promises to be her most personal work to date.

The result of a period of sustained reflection and change, the record features 10 new tracks recorded over a period of 10 years.

“I realised what life was like with no hope,” says the Portishead singer. “And that was a sadness I’d never felt. Before, I had the ability to change my future, but when you’re up against your body, you can’t make it do something it doesn’t want to do.”

Beth Gibbons seated in a field
Beth Gibbons Image © Netti Habel

Songs touch on motherhood, anxiety and the menopause as well as, inevitably, mortality. “People started dying,” says Beth. “When you’re young, you never know the endings, you don’t know how it’s going to pan out. You think: we’re going to get beyond this. It’s going to get better. Some endings are hard to digest.”

But emerging from this decade of change and realignment has left Beth with what feels like a renewed purpose. “Now I’ve come out of the other end, I just think, you’ve got to be brave,” she says.

Produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode, The Last Dinner Party) and Gibbons with additional production by Lee Harris (Talk Talk), Lives Outgrown will be released on 17 May 2024.

Lives Outgrown track listing:

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

The video for first single, Floating On A Moment, was directed by Tony Oursler. He said: “When I first heard Floating On A Moment it literally transported me from place to place, filling me with kaleidoscopic emotions and visions. 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.”

Watch Floating On A Moment below:

Lives Outgrown will be available on: standard LP, deluxe LP (Tip-on Gatefold sleeve, heavyweight vinyl, 4 page booklet, 12 page A5 studio scrapbook), standard CD and deluxe CD (casebound book).

Beth Gibbons will be performing the following concerts in the UK and Europe in May and June.

Beth Gibbons tour:

27 May – La Salle Pleyel, Paris
28 May – Theater 11, Zürich
30 May – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona
31 May – La Bourse Du Travail, Lyon
02 June – Uber Eats Music Hall, Berlin
03 June – Falkonersalen, Copenhagen
05 June – TivoliVredenburg (Main Hall), Utrecht
06 June – Cirque Royal, Brussels
09 June – The Barbican Centre, London
10 June – Albert Hall, Manchester
11 June – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Tickets available on 16 February.

UK pre-orders of Lives Outgrown via the official Beth Gibbons store will be eligible for ticket pre-sale, starting on 14 February at 10am GMT. Click here

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