Thirty years later Following the release of Portishead's debut album, singer Beth Gibbons has announced the imminent arrival of her own debut solo album, Outdated lives.
Ahead of the album's May 17 release via Domino, Gibbons shared lead single “Floating on a Moment,” accompanied by a video directed by multimedia artist Tony Oursler.
Outdated lives is the culmination of a decade of songwriting for Gibbons, with the singer ruminating on motherhood, anxiety, menopause and mortality over the course of the album's 10 tracks. The LP grew out of a series of deaths — “a lot of goodbyes,” Gibbons said — of loved ones and friends over the past few years.
“I realized what life without hope was like. And it was a sadness I had never felt. I used to have the ability to change my future, but when you're dealing with your body, you can't make it do something it doesn't want to do,” Gibbons said in a statement.
“People started dying. When you're young, you never know the end, you don't know how it's going to end. You think: we're going to get past this. It will get better. Some endings are difficult to digest.
Outdated lives – available for Pre-order now – was produced by Arctic Monkeys and Depeche Mode collaborator James Ford, with additional production by former Talk Talk member Lee Harris; Gibbons previously worked with Harris and fellow Talk Talk bandmate Paul Webb on the 2002 album. Out of season under the nickname Rustin Man.
While Gibbons had already released an album of interpretations of Henryk Górecki in 2019, Outdated lives marks his first ever solo album of original music. As a member of Portishead, Gibbons released three studio LPs, starting with 1994's The Rock Band. Dummy to the group's most recent work, 2008 Third. In 2022, Gibbons re-emerged to appear in Kendrick Lamar's “Mother I Sober”, which rolling stone ranked Lamar's 13th best song.
List of tracks surpassed by Lives
1. Tell me who you are today
2. Floating on a moment
3. Burden of life
4. Lost Changes
6. Reach out
8. For sale
9. Beyond the Sun
10. Whisper Love