Bethia Beadman, the British alternative singer-songwriter who’s been described as a cross between Ziggy Stardust and Maria Callas, is back with a new single, At The Beach, and its B-side, Peninsula.
Today on RockShot Mag she debuts the video for At The Beach, directed by experienced cinematographer Agnieszka Szeliga, which is taken from her upcoming album Into The Peace, due in September. Apart from her new band, the LP features R.E.M.’s Mike Mills on keys and backing vocals.
There is something beautifully ethereal about this, Bethia is a deeply expressive songwriter and performer.
At The Beach “speaks of elemental passions, male and female archetypes played-off against one another. Sex is a lure, a way to hold onto the shiftless male, but also, offers the hope of ecstatic reconciliation, a way to dissolve difference.” Bethia told us. Peninsula, in turn, recounts a mother daughter relationship through a dream.
Both songs, and Beadman’s velvety voice, reflect the London-based musician’s songwriting influences (her idols Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, and Leonard Cohen), and her rich back story.
The first chapter saw her as a sound assistant on Nigel Godrich’s From The Basement sessions, working on live performances by artists like The Stooges and PJ Harvey. In the next, leaving flyers on the London Underground in search of a backing band resulted in her being recruited by Hole’s Courtney Love for a world tour.
Since then, she’s toured with cult psychedelic band Circulus, supported Pete Doherty, sung in the Vatican, and released her debut solo album, 2012’s Made Of Love.
Now Into The Peace opens an exciting new chapter.