Song of the Day, July 13: Paris Train by Beth Orton

OrtonDaybreakerParisToday’s song is the opening track to Beth Orton’s third album, Daybreaker. After two powerful albums that established her distinctive blend of electronica and observational folk, Orton took her time creating the third disc. After nearly a year of writing and crafting songs, she had an embarrassment of riches — two dozen songs recorded in a fortnight with her band plus a handful of tracks from other sessions and projects. She boiled it down to ten tracks that “encapsulate the mood best of the time we are recording the album.”

Orton starts off with the strongest moment. Paris Train uses motion and transportation — frequent themes in her music — as a counterpoint to emotional uncertainty. With a taut, gorgeous musical backdrop, it’s a stunning track, featuring one of her best, aching vocals.

Sometimes
I see right through the scenery
The first place that’s on my mind
The last place I find each time

Enjoy this beautiful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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