Breaking into summer with a thunderous new single FREYA BEER is back with new single: “The Calm Before The Storm”.
Directly following on from “The Siren”, this is the inevitable destiny. A swirling maelstrom of feedback-fried guitars and ground-splitting percussion, the South Coast singer stands amidst it all with a towering vocal performance that hooks and haunts with perilous intent.
Said to draw its inspiration from “the association of feminine energy and the phases of the moon”, Freya’s enthralling new release also offers cultish reference to one of her own breakthrough moments. As Freya says:
“The song embodies the essence of my earlier single “Dear Sweet Rosie”, but it’s more like Rosie’s older, more mature sister… I wanted it to be a ceremonial ‘esque’ experience.”
With all the brooding intensity of stone-grey clouds amassing over a choppy sea, “The Calm Before The Storm” adeptly captures the ominous expectation and intrepid excitement of a storm brewing. Produced by Peter Hobbs (The Boy Least Likely To) with Owain Hanford on drums, the outcome offers another captivating glimpse of her long awaited debut album: ‘Beast’ – expected Autumn 2021.
Originating from West London but currently residing on the south coast, Freya Beer deftly mixes poetic lyrics inspired by Charles Bukowski or Anne Sexton, with a distinctive gothic noir of Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, and David Lynch.
Sparking a wave of attention from the get-go with her self-released debut single “Bike Boy” in 2018, its immediate follow-up “Six Months” saw Freya earn a BBC Introducing Live Lounge Session and a feature on Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 show.
With the wind in her sails, Freya launched her own label Sisterhood Records in 2019 as a vehicle to further her creativity. In February 2020 Freya released the single “Dear Sweet Rosie”, a track recorded in Manchester with accompaniment by I Am Kloot’s Andy Hargreaves on sonic drums. Drawing on her literary influences like Allen Ginsberg’s ‘An Asphodel’ and Anna Sewell’s ‘Black Beauty’, the track went on to receive further incredible support on BBC 6 Music and many rave reviews. Marc Riley awarded Freya a live session on his BBC 6 Music Show (which was then highlighted as one of his “Best of the Year” in December), whereas renowned music critic John Robb hailed her as ‘New Artist of the Day’ and even predicted a Mercury Prize in years to come.
Revealing her many shades with a series of exquisite cover versions throughout the year, Freya bookended 2020 with the critically acclaimed single “Arms Open Wide”. Loosely inspired by the chilling atmospheres of ‘Tubular Bells’, the track saw Freya earn further support at BBC6 Music too, with PRS for Music placing the single in their Top 20 songs of 2020.
The latest addition to her canon, “Siren” is a fine case in point. An intoxicating brew of lyrical in-cantations and artful mystique, paired with arrangements of a piercing intensity. Taking its title from the J.W. Waterhouse masterpiece The Siren, Freya’s single finds her unearthing new secrets in those channels of renaissance art and mythology while re-appropriating the feathered flare of 70s era glam in her own shadow.
Discovering new audiences and in-turn more about herself as an artist throughout the year, these creative experiences provided a powerful stimulus in finalising her debut album: ‘Beast’. Completed between London and Manchester, the record is due for release later this year via her own Sisterhood Records.
To coincide with the album release, Freya has a major UK tour planned for November this year. Shows include venues in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, and Glasgow, as well as a show at Southampton’s 1865.
FREYA BEER – LIVE DATES
Wednesday 10th November – The Lanes, Bristol
Friday 12th November – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Saturday 13th November – Jimmy’s, Liverpool
Tuesday 16th November – Paper Dress Vintage, London
Friday 19th November – The Lantern, Halifax
Saturday 20th November – Headrow House, Leeds
Sunday 21st November – Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
Tuesday 23rd November – Bobiks, Newcastle
Wednesday 24th November – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
Thursday 25th November – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
Saturday 27th November – Old School House, Barnsley
Thursday 2nd December – Music Hall, Ramsgate
Friday 3rd December – Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Sunday 5th December – The 1865, Southampton
Tickets on sale now at www.freyabeer.com