Originating from West London but currently residing on the south coast, Freya Beer deftly mixes poetic lyrics inspired by Charles Bukowski or Anne Sexton, with a distinctive gothic noir of Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, and David Lynch.
The latest addition to her canon, “Siren” is a fine case in point. An intoxicating brew of lyrical incantations and artful mystique, paired with arrangements of a piercing intensity.
Taking its title from the J.W. Waterhouse masterpiece The Siren, Freya’s single finds her unearthing new secrets in those channels of renaissance art and mythology, while re-appropriating the feathered flare of 70s era glam in her own shadow. As Freya elaborates:
“Ever since I began writing I’ve always turned to art for a starting point on my songwriting journey. I’ve found I work best visually, hence why I like to research into a lot of art/films/photography to improve my skills. Sonically, the guitars, in particular, were inspired by Roxy Music’s album For Your Pleasure.”
Although initially written and recorded in Manchester back in 2019, “Siren” has been given a fresh look for 2021 with the track re-recorded, mixed and mastered with Pete Hobbs (from The Boy Least Likely To), with whom Freya also recorded worked on previous single “Arms Open Wide”. Laying her commanding vocals and ensnaring guitar hooks down at home, live drummer Owain Hanford added the percussion from his base in Hereford.
While 2020 proved a major stumbling block for many artists, for Freya it was a year of breakthroughs and self-discovery. Earning repeated airplay on BBC6 Music for her single “Dear Sweet Rosie”, her follow-up single “Arms Open Wide” repeated the pattern before being listed in The PRS’ Top 20 Songs of 2020. Utilising the enforced time away from the live stage to her advantage, Freya began to experiment with a series of timely covers; casting her unique spell over classics like John Lennon’s “Nobody Told Me”, Lana Del Rey’s “Happiness is a Butterfly” and Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”. A darkly inviting cover of Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody” also saw Freya raise cash for Salford’s Loaves & Fishes food bank, for whom she also played several online fundraising gigs during the lockdown.
Discovering new audiences and in-turn more about herself as an artist throughout the year, these creative experiences provided a powerful stimulus in finalising her debut album: ‘Beast’. Completed between London and Manchester, the record is due for release later this year via her own Sisterhood Records.
To coincide with the album release, Freya has a major UK tour planned for November this year. Shows include venues in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, and Glasgow, as well as a hometown show at Southampton’s 1865. Full dates and details as follows:
FREYA BEER – LIVE DATES
Wednesday 10th November – The Lanes, Bristol
Friday 12th November – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Saturday 13th November – Jimmy’s, Liverpool
Tuesday 16th November – Paper Dress Vintage, London
Saturday 20th November – Headrow House, Leeds
Sunday 21st November – Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
Tuesday 23rd November – Bobiks, Newcastle
Wednesday 24th November – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
Thursday 25th November – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
Thursday 2nd December – Music Hall, Ramsgate
Friday 3rd December – Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Sunday 5th December – The 1865, Southampton
FREYA BEER – “SIREN” – OUT NOW, VIA SISTERHOOD RECORDS
Hailed as a “a raw and thrilling new talent”, Freya Beer is a singer-songwriter from West London. Inspired by art and literature, alternative fashion and music, Freya distils her disparate influences through a gothic soul and devil-may-care spirit that dares to dream in the darkness.
Sparking a wave of attention from the get-go with her self-released debut single “Bike Boy” in 2018, its immediate follow-up “Six Months” saw Freya earn a BBC Introducing Live Lounge Session and a feature on Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 show.
With the wind in her sails, Freya launched her own label Sisterhood Records in 2019 as a vehicle to further her creativity. In February 2020 Freya released the single “Dear Sweet Rosie”, a track recorded in Manchester with accompaniment by I Am Kloot’s Andy Hargreaves on sonic drums. Drawing on her literary influences like Allen Ginsberg’s ‘An Asphodel’ and Anna Sewell’s ‘Black Beauty’, the track went on to receive further incredible support on BBC 6 Music and many rave reviews. Marc Riley awarded Freya a live session on his BBC 6 Music Show (which was then highlighted as one of his “Best of the Year” in December), whereas renowned music critic John Robb hailed her as ‘New Artist of the Day’ and even predicted a Mercury Prize in years to come.
Revealing her many shades with a series of exquisite cover versions throughout the year, Freya bookended 2020 with the critically acclaimed single “Arms Open Wide”. Loosely inspired by chiling atmospheres of ‘Tubular Bells’, the track saw Freya earn further support at BBC6 Music too, with PRS for Music placing the single in their Top 20 songs of 2020.
With a fearsome live reputation to her name already, Freya has impressed as a special guest to the likes of Brix & The Extricated, BMX Bandits, Kristeen Young, and John Cooper Clarke. With a SOLD OUT UK promo tour curtailed as a result of the 2020 pandemic, Freya is eager to spread her wings on the live stage in the months to come, with a UK tour already planned.
Deftly mixing poetic lyricism with a dark mystique all her own, Freya Beer will deliver her much anticipated debut album: ‘Beast’ in 2021.