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Daybreaker finds Orton at a crossroads, marrying her debut's folktronica to the Americana of Central Reservation. There's also a newfound cinematic streak—the stately orchestrations of “Paris Train”—and her diverse array of collaborators speaks to Orton's amplified stature. The Smiths' Johnny Marr co-wrote the languid “Concrete Sky”, while her earliest collaborators, the Chemical Brothers, underwrite the title-track's paranoid ambience. Emmylou Harris pops up on Nashville waltz “God Song”, while Ryan Adams is a frequent presence: He lends backing vocals, and wrote the tender and lovely “This One's Gonna Bruise” for Orton to sing.


Born: December, 1970 in Norwich, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Beth Orton combined the passionate beauty of the acoustic folk tradition with the electronic beats of trip-hop to create a fresh, distinct fusion of roots and rhythm. Born in Norwich, England in December 1970, Orton debuted as one half of the duo Spill, a one-off project with William Orbit which released a cover of John Martyn's "Don't Wanna Know About Evil." She continued working with Orbit on his 1993 LP Strange Cargo 3, co-writing and singing the track "Water from a Vine Leaf"...
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