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Jehnny Beth Shares New Track Heroine

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 Written by Laura Johnson

Jehnny Beth has posted a new single.

Heroine is the latest to be shared from the Savages vocalist's debut solo album, 'To Love Is To Live', which is due out on June 12 via Caroline Records. It follows Innocence, Flower and I'm The Man. Beth said:

“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. 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 realising 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.”

The rhythm-led new cut is a more restrained offering than some of its predecessors, but does share their underlying intensity and penchant for genre experimentation, incorporating elements of rock and electro, to name just a few. Vocally, Beth is like a coiled spring, effortlessly holding the listeners attention with the promise of an eruption, which here never comes, but a musical crescendo to finish satisfies the build-up.



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