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Beth Hirsch


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

ethereal evocative/eclectic alternative pop

Status:

Most recent release, "Summer" (single, as AlfaBeth, 2015); most recent full-length release, Wholehearted (2007)

See also:

Beth Hirsch's site

Beth Hirsch's bandcamp page

Wikipedi'as entry on Beth Hirsch

Comparisons:

Lori Carson, kaitlyn ni donovan, Aiko Shimado

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

I do like Beth Hirsch's album Early Days very much...I picked Beth's album up because she was the haunting voice on a couple of Air's moon safari tracks. The album reminds me a bit of Lori Carson's Stars. There is also a 4-song ep called P-Town Rubies but I would recommend starting with the full length. (gordodo@optonline.net)

Recommended first album:

Titles & Idols

Recordings:

  • Miner's Son (10" vinyl single, 1999)
  • P-Town Rubies (1999)
  • Titles & Idols (2001)
  • Early Days (2001)
  • Wholehearted (2007)
  • Something to Tell / So Many Things (EP, 2010)
  • Love Is for Everyone—L.I.F.E. Part 1 (single, 2014)
  • Summer (single, as AlfaBeth, 2015)

P-Town Rubies ep

Release info:

1999—Dorado—DOR073CD

Availability:

Wide on release

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Beth Hirsch—vocals, guitar

Guest artists:

Romain Humeau & Marc Collin—all instruments on 3 tracks
Alex Blue—guitar on 1 track
Jean-Benoit Dunckel—Rhodes on 1 track

Produced by:

Marc Collins

Comments:

A 4-track ep, with two versions of the title track and two other songs. "Camden" is very like the songs on Early Days. "P-Town Rubles" has the verve (and then some) of "Come A Day" from Early Days and "Minor's Son" (does she mean miner's?) is a haunting song. (Neile)

Titles & Idols

Release info:

2001—!K7 Records—!K7107 CD

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Group members:

Beth Hirsch—vocals, acoustic guitar

Guest artists:

Steve Musters, Alex Pilkington, Simon Shippey, Mark Tucker—bluesound productions 5 tracks)
Ralph Salmans—drums on 1 track
Steve Spacek—bass on 2 tracks
Clive Deamer—drums on 1 track
Francis Hylton—bass on 1 track
Patrick Arbuthnot—pedal steel on 2 tracks
Stuart Tucker—trombone on 1 track
Roy Martin—keys on 1 track
Strings on 1 track:
     Gavin Wright—lead violin
     Boguslav Kospecki—2nd violin
     Peter Lale—viola
     Martin Loveday—cello
     Caroline Daniel—string arrangement, conducting
Michel Aymé—guitar on 3 tracks
Steve Argüelles—drum on 1 track
Christophe Mink—double bass, harp on 1 track

Produced by:

5 tracks by Bluesound Productions, 1 by Jackson, 4 by Black Dog Productions; François Millet, executive producer

Comments:

The songs on this album are a little more perky, less dreamy, than on Early Days. Part of this may be more programming in the production, and partly that the songs feel a little more hook-focused. The title track is a particularly good example of this. "Nest Sensation" is a totally pop song. All in all this album is more varied and lively than her previous solo work. (Neile)

Early Days

Release info:

2001—!K7 Records—!K7091 CD

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Beth Hirsch—vocals

Guest artists:

Phil Hudson—guitar
Paul Simm—piano
Arni Somogyi—double bass
Laura Fairhurst—cello
Danny Cummings & Nan Tasiboe—percussions

Produced by:

Paul Simm

Comments:

Low-key tunes—rainy day mood music—with lovely swinging vocals. In general the songs are mostly similar in sound and feel, but very pleasant and Beth Hirsch's vocals are winning. "Come A Day" especially has a lovely energy. (Neile)

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