As Beth’s reputation as an outstanding session cellist grew, she was much sought after by more main stream acts, appearing on albums by Newton Faulkner, Kula Shaker, Petula Clark, The Proclaimers and The Heavy.
During this time Beth began writing her own songs and was invited to play a number of her own dates in Germany at very short notice. Ringing friends and musicians to see if they might play last
minute as part of her band, Beth Porter & The Availables was born.
Beth sings her endearing songs with a pure yet fragile voice, accompanying herself on either cello or ukulele, and it is this signature sound that forms the core of the album.
The Availables, on strings, piano, drums and bass, expand the arrangements from the ethereal to the cinematic, epic and playful, delivering an album of undeniable richness, and all lovingly captured in glorious vinyl analogue.
Spending so much time on the road as a musician is a clear inspiration for the songs on this album. Beth captures many a landscape within her lyrics, such as on Pylons where she sings of the reflective moments on a journey that absorb us, as well as more darker personal experiences such as the exquisitely morbid Salty Water, reflecting upon a murder that took place behind her house.
‘Open Doors’ is available on limited edition vinyl through kingbillrecords.com and all good record shops. Also available on download on all usual sites (plus iTunes pre-order available from Feb 9th)
What the people are saying:
“Utterly charming” – Nick McCabe (The Verve)
“A writer in the vein of Cat Power, Moldy Peaches and R.E.M.’s Automatic For The People” – Songwriting Magazine
“A thing of beauty” – Jim Barr (Portishead)