Emerging British singer and song-writer Bess Atwell has recently released her exceptional new album, titled 'Already, Always.' Her most recent collection of work brings together the songs and aesthetics that she has been channelling for some time. The album delves deeper into the many different relationships we all experience in our lifetime, and simply how disconnected they can become over time.
Capturing the themes of love, life and death, not only does Bess Atwell reflect who she is through her record, but she also allows listeners to see themselves in this record. Her UK tour later this year will give her the chance to perform her new music to live audiences around the country.
Here at The Lowdown, we had the opportunity to speak with Bess Atwell about her new record, the importance of her music resonating with listeners and more. Keep reading to check out what she had to say!
Prior to the release of your album, you released the track 'Red Light Heaven.' How was it for you to allow people have a preview of the album before its release?
"It felt like a relief! I'm a very impatient person, so I find it difficult to sit on music that I'm proud of for a long time. I felt very ready to release my new stuff, and excited to do so too!"
Your album has also recently been released. Were you looking forward to people hearing the album, or were there nerves affiliated with the release?
"I was looking forward to it, but it is also very exposing to put art out into the world to be judged. I make music for myself, and anybody who connect with it, so I try not to worry too much how things are received, but it's definitely easier when it's a single song and not so easy when it's a whole body of work that you've poured everything into. I actually felt a little disassociated, which is probably my brain's way of dealing with all the emotions that come with putting a record out!"
You have cited the theme of encapsulating a sense of loneliness on your album. Did you find having a recurring theme made it easier for the album to come together?
"It made it easier to choose what songs worked together as a body of work. I originally planned to record thirteen songs, but three of them didn't feel relevant to this specific project. I felt it was important that the songs were connected in some way."
Who would you say are your musical influences?
"My main influences would probably be: Fleet Foxes, The National, Beach House, Joni Mitchell and Lana Del Rey."
You have a host of live dates planned for later this year around the UK. Are you looking forward to getting out on the road and being able to perform?
"Yes - of course! I've missed it a lot. I don't like being stuck in the same place too long. I feel most inspired to write when I'm seeing new places and experiencing more of life. It's going to be so lovely to see the faces of people who like my music and be able to bring these songs to them live, in person. I'm also a little nervous, because performing is like any skill - you need to be doing it regularly to maintain your ability to do it well."
Do you feel that it is is important for your music to resonate with all of your listeners?
"I think that's the main reason anyone enters into this industry. It's not exactly a smart money-making career move, so you have to have that desire for connection driving you. I mean, of course, I get a lot of joy from singing and writing alone in my flat, but it takes on much more significance when you share it with others."
Finally, do you have a message for all those who support you?
"Thank you for liking my Instagram posts! But really, obviously I'm very grateful to everyone that listens to and supports my music. I wouldn't be able to do any of this without people willing to listen and come to my shows. I've met some really interesting and lovely people who are fans of my music, which is always exciting and humbling. People share such personal stories with me (mostly over Instagram since COVID). It's so fulfilling to know that my music has helped us to connect."
Bess Atwell's new album 'Already, Always' is out now and is available to purchase and stream through all major purchasing and streaming outlets.
By Rachel Dempster