2017 was a hell of a year for Suffolk singer-songwriter Bessie Turner. Her debut single ‘Big Sleep’ was released to unexpected acclaim and opportunity fast came knocking.
Fast forward a year and Turner has received support from BBC Introducing, airtime on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music and performed at Latitude Festival. More recently, Turner recorded live sessions at Maida Vale Studios for Jo Wiley and Steve Lamacq; there’s seemingly no stopping this exciting talent.
Turner’s debut EP, 22:22, is her first full body of work and a lasting impression is certainly made.
‘Casa’ opens with an extended dream sequence that sees Turner’s tender yet assertive vocals take centre stage. ‘Words You Say’ is feistier in nature, with an alt-rock beat and storming vocals.
‘Big Sleep’ is wistful and delicate in equal measures, with a traditional folk melody weaving Turner’s carefully crafted lyrics throughout the music. ‘Abseil’ sees her sing away her worries: “I’m worried I’m not gonna live long, I’m worried I’m not gonna try my best to keep you…”
Closing track, ‘Milinky’ takes on a softer tone and shows a distinct sense of refreshing vulnerability. Lushful and contemplative, Turner saves the best for last with this compelling finale.
Bessie Turner offers the sort of escapism we all need from time to time on 22:22. It’s a collection of songs that confidently stand on their own, whilst mesmerising and whispering confessions to listeners.
If you like your music tinged with melancholy and served with a purpose, you’ll love this.
Bessie Turner’s debut EP 22:22 will be released via Don’t Try Records on 20/04/18.
Bessie is also performing throughout April in support of the release:
16.04.18 – London – Servant Jazz Quarters
20.04.18 – Cambridge – Blue Moon
23.04.18 – Norwich – Norwich Arts Centre w/ Baxter Dury (Sold Out)
27.04.18 – Ipswich – Manor Social Club (Sold Out)
28.04.18 – Lancaster – The Library w/Baxter Dury (Sold Out)
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Featured Image by Chris Driver.
Words by Lauren Wade.