Originating from West London but now residing on the south coast, Freya Beer deftly mixes poetical lyrics with a distinctive sound, often drawing influence from the likes of Patti Smith, Bat for Lashes and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
Freya Beer self-released her debut single “Bike Boy” in 2018, followed by “Six Months”, leading to a BBC Introducing Live Lounge Session and feature on Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 show.
In 2019 Freya launched her own label Sisterhood Records and in February released “Dear Sweet Rosie”, which received incredible support on 6Music, notably on Marc Riley’s evening show where he also had Freya in for a live session.
The single was recorded in Manchester and accompanied by ‘I Am Kloot’s Andy Hargreaves on drums. The song draws from a number of literary influences including Allen Ginsberg’s ‘An Asphodel’ and Anna Sewell’s ‘Black Beauty’.
Renowned journalist John Robb immediately made Freya ‘New Artist of the Day’ on Louder Than War magazine due to her ‘brilliant captivating voice’ and called her ‘a raw and thrilling new talent’, Robb even predicting a potential Mercury Prize in the near future.
Support shows followed with Brix & The Extricated, Kristeen Young (who’s notably known for her work with David Bowie and Dave Grohl) and the acclaimed punk poet Dr. John Cooper Clarke.
‘Dear Sweet Rosie’ was followed with ‘Arms Open Wide’ gaining further support on 6Music, and also Radio1.
About the song, in Freya’s words:
“I tried to convey a ritual style sound accompanied by a tribal drumming beat which drives the track forward. The tubular bells helped contribute towards the overall ceremonial atmosphere of the song. Lyrically, I’ve experimented with exploring the subject of talking about the darker undertones of a relationship”.
Seeing her live, Freya holds her own on vocals and electric guitar, accompanied by a drummer, making a huge and mesmerising sound that leaves the audience captivated.
During the spring/summer lockdown, whilst continuing writing, Freya also recorded two covers in her own unique style, John Lennon’s ‘Nobody Told Me’ and Lana Del Rey’s ‘Happiness is a Butterfly’.
Freya is currently recording her debut album in London and Manchester, scheduled for release in January 2021. Further singles will follow in the interim.
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