Marianne Faithfull: Hear ‘She Walks in Beauty,’ a Preview of Her New Album with Warren Ellis (ft. NIck Cave, Brian Eno and Vincent Ségal)

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On April 30, Marianne Faithfull will release a new album, and She Walks In Beauty sounds like an especially compelling concept record.

Featuring Faithfull’s spoken-word narration, the album will feature the 74-year-old reciting poetry from 19th century British Romantics (Lord Byron, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley and more), set to the musical soundscapes of Warren Ellis, with additional musical contributions from Brian Eno, Nick Cave, and Vincent Ségal.

The album was previewed recently with its title track:

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It’s worth noting that She Walks In Beauty was recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic — and before Faithfull’s three-week fight with COVID-19, from which she thankfully recovered in April 2020.

Here are additional details regarding the album:

A unique new album of poetry and music featuring Marianne Faithfull, set to the music of Warren Ellis, and featuring Nick Cave, Brian Eno and Vincent Ségal.

Marianne Faithfull releases one of the most distinctive albums of her extraordinary life and career with composer and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis. It was recorded just before and during the first Covid-19 lockdown – during which the singer herself became infected and almost died. Together with musical friends and family, She Walks in Beauty fulfils Faithfull’s long-held ambition to record an album of poetry with music.

Delving deep into her past, it’s a record that draws on her passion for the English Romantic poets, a passion she fostered at St Joseph’s Convent School before leaving for London at the age of 16. There she entered the world of As Tears Go By, of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, setting her on a left-hand path to pop stardom. Sixties iconography and outrage followed, as did her subsequent battles with addiction before her 1979 return to powerful female and artistic autonomy with Broken English.

As for Warren Ellis, he also just released another album — Carnage, a record with Nick Cave, which turned up on digital platforms last week. Take a listen:


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