Suffolk-based Bessie Turner has just released her latest single, ‘Nino’ – an exploration of anxiety, and the value of having people around you to lean on, to push and pull at the right moments.
“’Nino’ is something my boyfriend calls me when I say I can’t do something,” explains Turner. “Like if I am feeling unconfident about a performance, or something else that I totally have the ability to do, but I feel like I’m not able to, purely because of my own brain.
“The song has some well disguised personal references that relate to me…body image, boredom, sex, and that feeling like you want to go into self-destruct mode because of it all. Life can overwhelm and consume everybody and having someone there to give you a push or a boost is sometimes all it takes.”
Tackling universal themes with a personal focus, Turner’s song-writing falls one or two cryptic references short of laying herself totally bare. This mix of openness and obliqueness, alongside a lighter-hearted edge, makes for the beginnings of a captivating collection of releases so far. Her languid garage-rock indebted sound positions her alongside transatlantic artists like Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail or Angel Olsen, with nods to Brooke Bentham and Fenne Lily also.
Having already headlined stages at Reading and Leeds and Latitude festival, as well as a tour supporting Baxter Drury, Turner will be setting out on another tour, this time with Palace Winter, through October and November; tour dates below.
‘Nino’ – produced by Richard Woodcraft, who won a Grammy for his work on Radiohead’s iconic album In Rainbows – is out now via Don’t Try in collaboration with LAB Records, along with a 7” Record in conjunction with Flying Vinyl.
24 – Brighton, Sticky Mikes
25 – Bristol, Thekla
26 – Manchester, Deaf Institute
28 – Glasgow, King Tuts
30 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
31 – Nottingham, Bodega
01 – London, Oslo
Photo: Chris Driver