New Release & Video: Bess Atwell – Red Light Heaven

After delivering her captivating new single ‘Red Light Heaven’, rising singer and songwriter Bess Atwell has now returned to unveil the vibrant live video for her latest offering.

Capturing the raw and humble aesthetics of the original, this new rendition of ‘Red Light Heaven’ sees her take to the porch of a cricket pavilion to perform her latest work. Joined alongside fellow musicians David Dyson and Christopher Matthewson, she sweeps and swoons her way through this marvellously smooth and vibrant release, channelling an effervescent energy as she goes.

Adding about the new video, she said, “Cricket grounds are very nostalgic to me, because my dad played on a cricket team during the summers of my childhood. My family would come along a couple of times a year and those days were some of the simplest, yet most poignant, days of my childhood; running into the pavilion for sandwiches, rosy-cheeked from a day spent playing in the surrounding grounds.

“‘Red Light Heaven’ is underpinned by a mournful perception of the past, whether the memory is positive or not (“I can’t look back without thinking it’s all wrong”). I think early adulthood can be a very lonely time, and it felt poignant to return to somewhere that reminds me of the best times of my childhood (“and I know we were once together but now we are alone”).

“The video was filmed as a one-take because I wanted it to have an authentic, live feel. I had a wonderful team of people for this one; Harri Chambers on sound, Guy Gotto and Abi Sinclair on visuals, and David Dyson and Christopher Matthewson playing alongside me. Special shout out to John Suckling for being so brilliant and allowing us to shoot at Firle Cricket Ground.”

Her new collection Already, Always, looks to bring together the songs and aesthetics she has been channelling for some time. While on the surface some would see it as a break-up record, the album itself is more about the deeper relationships that many of us experience throughout our lives, and how brittle and disconnected they can become over time.

To support the new album, Bess Atwell has also announced a string of festival and UK tour dates for later in the year including a 15-date UK headline tour in November and December…

15th Nov – Liverpool, Leaf
16th Nov – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
18th Nov – Bristol, Exchange
19th Nov – Leeds, Headrow House
20th Nov – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
21st Nov – Glasgow, Broadcast
23rd Nov – Newcastle, The Cluny 2
25th Nov – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds V2
26th Nov – Manchester, Deaf Institute
27th Nov – Nottingham, Bodega
30th Nov – Cambridge, Junction 2
1st Dec – Oxford, The Jericho Tower
2nd Dec – London, Oslo
3rd Dec – Southampton, Heartbreakers
4th Dec – Brighton, Patterns

Ahead of the tour dates Bess will be hosting a number of in-stores to tie in with the album release:

24th Sept – Resident Brighton
28th Sept – Rough Trade East
29th Sept – Banquet Records

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