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To Love Is To Live

Jehnny Beth

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To Love Is To Live is Jehnny Beth’s debut full length solo album, but the record is a new step in her really dense career. Jehnny Beth used to be half of the duet John & Jehn; she made her breakthrough as the Savages’ lead singer and has collaborated with such musicians as Gorillaz (We Got the Power) and The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas (Boy/Girl). In films, she has worked with Catherine Corsini (Un Amour impossible) and Alexandre Astier (Kaamelott). She’s a radio host (Start Making Sense for Beats 1) and a TV host (Echoes on Arte) and also a writer, who will soon publish her first collection of erotic short stories entitled C.A.L.M.: Crimes Against Love Memories, illustrated by Johnny Hostile’s photographs.


Jehnny Beth’s prolific inspiration, made of style, sounds, emotions, and contextual encounters is at the center of To Love Is To Live. She hired Atticus Ross, Flood, and Johnny Hostile to produce and take care of a large part of the record’s instrumentation. It is post-punk, industrial new wave, electronic cold wave and viscerally dark rock at the same time. Sometimes, it even sounds like a make-believe movie soundtrack. The album is a mixture of contrasts enhanced by the guest performances of Romy Madley Croft from xx, actor Cillian Murphy, and Idles’ singer Joe Talbot.


Throughout the record, ideas are pouring, as the French musician transitions from the ultra-violent industrial punk song How Could You, recorded with Talbot, to her sensual piano playing on the dreamlike ballad Countryside. But despite this assumed eclecticism, To Love Is To Live is always coherent in its feel. It is an instant Polaroid picture of our complex world, full of tensions, uncertainties, and wonderings about sexual identities, extreme politics, and collective hopes for the future. This picture looks like Jehnny Beth, it is both strong, as impressive as the album cover created by Tom Hingston (who previously worked with Massive Attack on Mezzanine), and deeply sensitive. The album opens with a song entitled I am. It concludes with Human. I am Human: a perfect circle. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
I Am
00:03:42

ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Atticus Ross, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hellie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Hostile, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Additional Producer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Oli Kraus, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jehnny Beth, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caesar Edmunds, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Herbert, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Chuba, Mandolin, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 20L07 Music

2
Innocence
00:03:22

ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Flood, Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Hostile, Producer, Bass Guitar, Piano, Additional Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jehnny Beth, Vocals, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caesar Edmunds, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Herbert, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Adam 'Cecil' Bartlett, Producer, Additional Producer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Killmann, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Richie Kennedy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 20L07 Music

3
Flower
00:03:19

ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Flood, Producer, Additional Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Hostile, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Recording Engineer, Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jehnny Beth, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caesar Edmunds, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Herbert, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Adam 'Cecil' Bartlett, Producer, Additional Producer - Wendy Killmann, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tristane Mesquita, ComposerLyricist - Richie Kennedy, Asst. Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 20L07 Music

4
We Will Sin Together
00:03:00

ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Hostile, Producer, Bass Guitar, Piano, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jehnny Beth, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caesar Edmunds, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Herbert, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Stella Mozgawa, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Romy Croft, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 20L07 Music

5
A Place Above (feat. Cillian Murphy)
00:01:13

ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Hostile, Producer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jehnny Beth, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Caesar Edmunds, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Herbert, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Cillian Murphy, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 20L07 Music

6
I'm The Man
00:02:39

Atticus Ross, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Hostile, ComposerLyricist - Jehnny Beth, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 20L07 Music

7
The Rooms
00:04:18

Igor Cavalera, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Flood, Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Hostile, Producer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jehnny Beth, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caesar Edmunds, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Herbert, Double Bass, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jorja Chalmers, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Shuta Shinoda, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Adam 'Cecil' Bartlett, Producer

℗ 2020 20L07 Music

8
Heroine
00:04:01

ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Flood, Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anders Trentemøller, Producer, Additional Producer - Johnny Hostile, Producer, Bass Guitar, Piano, Additional Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Anders Trentemoeller, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jehnny Beth, Vocals, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caesar Edmunds, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Herbert, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Romy Croft, ComposerLyricist - Adam 'Cecil' Bartlett, Producer, Additional Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Killmann, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Richie Kennedy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 20L07 Music

9
How Could You (feat. Joe Talbot)
00:02:59

ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Hostile, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jehnny Beth, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caesar Edmunds, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Herbert, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Adam 'Cecil' Bartlett, Producer, Additional Producer - Idles, FeaturedArtist - Richie Kennedy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joseph Talbot, ComposerLyricist - Joe Talbot, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 20L07 Music

10
French Countryside
00:03:58

ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Flood, Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Hostile, Producer, Bass Guitar, Asst. Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jehnny Beth, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caesar Edmunds, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Herbert, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Romy Croft, ComposerLyricist - Shuta Shinoda, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Adam 'Cecil' Bartlett, Producer

℗ 2020 20L07 Music

11
Human
00:06:01

ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Atticus Ross, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hellie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Hostile, Producer, Bass Guitar, Piano, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Oli Kraus, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jehnny Beth, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caesar Edmunds, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Herbert, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Chuba, Cello, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 20L07 Music

Album Description

To Love Is To Live is Jehnny Beth’s debut full length solo album, but the record is a new step in her really dense career. Jehnny Beth used to be half of the duet John & Jehn; she made her breakthrough as the Savages’ lead singer and has collaborated with such musicians as Gorillaz (We Got the Power) and The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas (Boy/Girl). In films, she has worked with Catherine Corsini (Un Amour impossible) and Alexandre Astier (Kaamelott). She’s a radio host (Start Making Sense for Beats 1) and a TV host (Echoes on Arte) and also a writer, who will soon publish her first collection of erotic short stories entitled C.A.L.M.: Crimes Against Love Memories, illustrated by Johnny Hostile’s photographs.


Jehnny Beth’s prolific inspiration, made of style, sounds, emotions, and contextual encounters is at the center of To Love Is To Live. She hired Atticus Ross, Flood, and Johnny Hostile to produce and take care of a large part of the record’s instrumentation. It is post-punk, industrial new wave, electronic cold wave and viscerally dark rock at the same time. Sometimes, it even sounds like a make-believe movie soundtrack. The album is a mixture of contrasts enhanced by the guest performances of Romy Madley Croft from xx, actor Cillian Murphy, and Idles’ singer Joe Talbot.


Throughout the record, ideas are pouring, as the French musician transitions from the ultra-violent industrial punk song How Could You, recorded with Talbot, to her sensual piano playing on the dreamlike ballad Countryside. But despite this assumed eclecticism, To Love Is To Live is always coherent in its feel. It is an instant Polaroid picture of our complex world, full of tensions, uncertainties, and wonderings about sexual identities, extreme politics, and collective hopes for the future. This picture looks like Jehnny Beth, it is both strong, as impressive as the album cover created by Tom Hingston (who previously worked with Massive Attack on Mezzanine), and deeply sensitive. The album opens with a song entitled I am. It concludes with Human. I am Human: a perfect circle. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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