BethThornley

Beth Thornley, Femme, États-Unis
www.beththornley.comDernière visite : avril 2010

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Singer/songwriter Beth Thornley is equally proud of, confused by, and slightly frightened of the list of musical artists to which her sound has been compared. “There are as many male artists as female,” she laughs. The songwriting and music on her first two releases have been compared to everything from Aimee Mann, Beth Orton and Tegan and Sara to Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Folds, The Fray and even U2. Perhaps the reason no two people seem to agree is because she infuses her writing style with many influences and then makes it her own with a unique sense of melody, harmony and lyrical twists and turns.

With her new album Wash U Clean, Thornley continues her relentless exploration of the countless genres making up the landscape of modern pop music. “I like to write in a variety of styles,” says Beth. “As a piano-based singer/songwriter it’s very easy to fall into all-too familiar patterns, so I like to step into some different musical shoes for inspiration.” From the first baritone sax honks of the opening track to the cheerful ukulele-driven defilement of good-luck charms in the final track, Thornley and producer Rob Cairns work to give each song its own unique life, sound palette and color.

With this new release, fans of Beth’s earlier work will once again recognize her keen, dark wit on the bleak and explosive “Bones” (And it’s not your fault, it’s a poison well.
But it’s still your fault, you keep drinking there) as well as her willingness to be painfully honest in the melancholy waltz “What the Heart Wants” And there were just enough pieces that fit to hold it in place but I have to admit; I know it’s not broken but it can’t be fixed.).

Album closer “A to Z” offers glimpses of optimism (It’d be a shame if all I do is sit around waiting for the other shoe--Baby who knew even good things take some getting used to?) while downright cheerfulness abounds on the unabashedly fun “You’re So Pony” which offers the lyric You shine like a Cadillac; if you got sold I’d buy you back.

The Alabama-born Thornley recorded her self-titled debut in 2003 and issued it on her own Stiff Hips imprint. Three years later, Thornley returned with the confident, genre-blending My Glass Eye. She has had two songs place in the top ten of the rock category in the USA Songwriting Contest (“I Will Lie” and “Done”) and one song (“Home by Now”) to place as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Contest. On the strength of My Glass Eye, Thornley has been featured in several national publications.


The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter’s tracks have been featured in a variety of television and film projects including episodes of Friday Night Lights, The Hills, Newport Harbor, Making the Band, Life, Jack and Bobby, Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, Everwood, Scrubs, and Beautiful People, while also appearing on the feature film soundtracks of The Perfect Man (Hillary Duff), Between (Poppy Montgomery) and Play the Game (Andy Griffith and Doris Roberts).

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