Album stream: Beth Orton

Last updated 05:00 02/10/2012

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Stuff is giving you the chance to listen to Beth Orton's first album in six years, Sugaring Season, before it will be released at the end of the week.

Recorded in Portland, Oregon, with producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Spoon), the album's ten tracks are another bold departure for Orton, who takes traditional folk instrumentation into some unfamiliar territory.

"I stretched myself as a singer on this record and used many different voices I never have before as a writer," she explains.

"I dug deeper, and in the process of writing these songs, I started to discover a whole new register of singing."

Beth Orton is a BRIT Award-winner and two-time Mercury Prize nominee who has collaborated with Bert Jansch, Emmylou Harris, Beck, Johnny Marr, Annie Lennox, Terry Callier, and Ryan Adams among others.

Her last album, 2006's Comfort of Strangers, was called "unerringly lovely" by SPIN and "her most accomplished record to date" by Uncut.

Sugaring Season will be released on 5. October and can be pre-ordered here.

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