I received news the other day of a Canadian artist called Sarah Beatty who has released the first single which is the title track from her upcoming sophomore release Bandit Queen, give it a listen below;
Released on February 3, Bandit Queen is a folk fabled concept album that began with a 19th century horse thief named Belle Starr.
The title track “Bandit Queen”, documents the creative transition from concision, which was central to her first album Black Gramophone, towards a supersonic mythological expansion that happens in the new album. Sarah says, "There are all kinds of mythologies telling people who they are and who they aren’t. With this song, I wanted to invite the dark parts into the storyline and inspire listeners to be their whole, real, bodacious, outlawed selves". You can read more about the track on Live In Limbo. She goes on to say, "Bandit Queen really came into existence in the 19th century through the historical account of an exceptional and flawed woman. When I read about Belle Starr, the fabled bank heist mastermind turned horse thief, she grabbed my attention immediately. And from that original inspiration, I began imagining and contemplating all kinds of stories that rarely get told about women, even in the 21st century. Each of the songs on this record tells a different story, and as a collection they become the spine of a whole other adventure".
Bandit Queen is available from February 3rd.