Beth Orton and The Chemical Brothers have shared a newly unearthed version of Tim Buckley's wonderful 'I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain'.
Orton has signalled the launch of new label Lost Leaves,
a project with Caroline which will feature unreleased
and new material. This new track owes a debt to serendipity
- recorded some 20 years ago and then lost, it fell from
a copy of a Russian literary classic.
rediscovered this track when it fell out of an unread
copy of War and Peace after we’d moved house," she recalls.
"The disc just said ‘Mountain’. There wasn’t a CD player
in the house so I went out to the car to try to work out
what was on it. Sat out in the road, I had no idea what
I was listening to exactly and was thinking, "What the
hell is this?" By the time it was over, I was none the
"I called Tom to see if he remembered the track as it
was clearly something I’d done with them and he was equally
vague but at least remembered it happening back in Orinoco
Studios in London in the late ’90s. It’s still all a bit
hazy but when I put the track on I felt a beautiful rush
of nostalgia hearing their beats building."
perfect fusion of Beth's vocal and the psych-tinged beats
of the Chemical Brothers, this new version of 'I Never
Asked To Be Your Mountain' sits somewhere between 'Setting
Son' and 'Central Reservation'.
"Tom (Rowlands) remembers it being Jeff and Martin from
Heavenly (my? record label at the time) who suggested
we cover the track," Beth explains. "Tom and I were huge
fans of the original and loved the idea. Back then, Tom
and Ed and I spent time with each other going out and
making music and generally getting up to no good. As male
dominated a moment in music as it was back then there
was a mutual respect between those guys and myself."
"We enjoyed each other's music, we enjoyed making music
with each other. I can still vividly remember the night
they put they put 'Alive: Alone' on as the last record
of the night at the Heavenly Sunday? Social at the Albany."
don't remember much else from those nights but I do remember
how amazing it was to hear that track loud as anything
as I stood in shock and wonder as everyone went crazy
dancing to a track we’d recorded just a week or two before