“Brooke Bentham is bewitching” DIY
"We think Brooke Bentham might be the Angel (Olsen) of the North" Loud & Quiet
"Brooke Bentham soars into 2017...a formidable transformation" The Line Of Best Fit
"Exquisite...a vocal that rivals pretty much anyone at this moment in time" Crack In The Road
"A prodigal talent...a statement of intent” Clash
BROOKE BENTHAM has announced details of new single ‘Losing, Baby’, and her upcoming EP 'This Rapture', which is out this November 17th.
This follows Brooke’s highly acclaimed debut EP ‘The Room Swayed’, which saw lead tracks ‘Heavy & Ephemeral’ and ‘I Need Your Body’ pick up support across Radio 1, 6Music, Radio X and saw Bentham play festivals ranging from Green Man and Reading & Leeds to Latitude and Great Escape. A series of UK dates have been confirmed for the autumn, with further news of Brooke’s second EP, ‘This Rapture’, to follow shortly.
Remarkably assured yet breathtakingly vulenerable, ‘Losing, Baby’ describes those negative feelings that follow you around, often out of sight, but are able to strike when least expected. With the track again produced by Ben Baptie (Daughter, Adele, Lapsely), the accompanying video – featuring a cameo from Brooke herself – offers a quietly playful twist on these ideas: a dance competition haunted by a mystery figure of bad feelings, described as “the alternative ending to Dirty Dancing – Baby was put in a corner and now she’s back to drag everyone into her grotesque nightmare.” ‘Losing Baby’ was directed by Siblings, a filmmaking collective made up of recording artist Grace Lightman and her brother Alex Lightman (who saw his feature-length debut, ‘Tear Me Apart’, premiere at the Austin International Film Festival and screen worldwide).
Aged just twenty one, Brooke Bentham's music nonetheless carries the weight of someone who's lived a hundred lives already. She was born and raised – in large, part, fending for herself with three older brothers - in Southshields (just outside Newcastle), before relocating to New Cross to study at Goldsmith's. Here she at last felt part of a wider arts community, forming her live band and finding a mutual sense of camaraderie among a new generation of South London creatives. Brooke graduated only this summer, with debut EP ‘The Room Swayed’ – an at-times brutally honest dissection of those static, unfulfilling relationships – forming the backdrop to her final year.
Now focused on the harsh realities facing any young graduate – or in this case, the daunting job of writing a debut album – Brooke Bentham’s early songs already point to a bright future. ‘The Room Swayed’ and her stunning second EP ‘This Rapture’ swell and plummet in ways which feel as inspired by the epic alt-rock journeying of War On Drugs or Ryan Adams as the emotional vocal depths of Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen. Everything is shot through with emotive, remarkably open lyricism that suggests a maturity and life ethic that's wiser than many of her peers. However uncertain the future, ‘Losing, Baby’ confirms Brooke Bentham’s promise as a stunning voice for the years ahead.