Nov 25, 2018
autumn winter 2018
Litany, born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, brought their unique style to our special Christmas edition of the Barbour International Sessions. We had a chance to chat with their lead singer, songwriter & producer, Beth Cornell, about her sound, their latest music, and what they have coming up in 2019.
What kind of music can those tuning in to your Barbour International Session expect from you if they are not familiar with your sound already? How would you describe your sound?
Sonically it’s pop music with an alternative spin. I’ve always been keen on provoking nostalgia; whether that’s through the lyrics or through the sounds used when making the tracks. The FADER once described my catalogue as music that will make you dance and cry which I feel is pretty accurate!
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? Is there anyone in particular who has influenced your sound?
From an early age I’ve always wanted a career in music – I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. In my latter school years, I was inspired to write my own songs upon hearing Florence + The Machine's first album 'Lungs'. It really spoke to me and lit a song writing fire in my belly. Now I take my influences from many corners of music, mainly from decades past.
Music and style have always been associated with one another, how do you use clothing to project your musical persona?
I think because my music has such a retro sound to it, I tend to dress in the same way, not necessarily on purpose but mainly because it feels natural to do so. Basically on stage it’s just lots of denim and fishnet tights.
Who is on your playlist at the moment that you just can’t stop listening to?
I am currently obsessed with Sam Fender. His voice is like liquid gold and he hasn’t released a bad song since the inception of his career. Dead Boys is my track of 2018 without shadow of a doubt.
What exclusive news can you give us – is there a new single/album coming out or a show you are playing soon that you are especially excited about?
I’m working incredibly hard on writing a new EP for release in the first quarter of 2019 and also preparing for SXSW in Austin, TX in March next year. 2018 has been an amazing year but it seems it’s only going to get better next year!
You play a lot of gigs, and performing live requires confidence – how do you prepare for playing live?
I was introduced to mediation and I find that helps me immensely. It clears my head of all my silly anxieties and really helps with the nerves. When I’m on stage, I tend to forget all about it anyway as I kinda lose myself in the performance and excitement of it all but the pre-show nerves are pretty awful. Oh lots of lemon and ginger tea too, very beneficial for those vocal chords.
You recently performed for the Barbour International Sessions, what did you enjoy about playing live? What was your favourite part about being involved?
I loved performing at the Barbour International Sessions. It’s so rad that a brand such as that champion new and emerging artists. I love a session set up, it feels so intimate and controlled, it gives you a chance to really nail it. My favourite part was singing a stripped back version of my tune 'I Said'. Usually it’s an up-tempo pop banger but we (my live band and I) took it right back to basics and it gave the song so much weight and a new lease of life.
Can you tell us a bit about your latest music? What inspired it and what is the story behind it? Is there anything from you in particular we should be listening to or that you’re most proud of?
My latest single 'Call On Me' has a real ode to the 90s about it. It’s an unapologetical pop song about the first taste of freedom you get as a teenager. You start going out, meeting people, falling in lust... I really wanted to capture how that felt, it’s not a song about heartbreak, it’s a song about finding out what you want and who you want to do it with. The song I feel most proud of aside from 'Call On Me' is 'Bedroom' without a doubt. The reaction we get when performing this live is electric. People all over the world have recorded videos of them dancing/singing it and it’s really humbling.
We’re nearly at the end of 2018. What has been your greatest achievement this year and what are you excited for coming up in the new year?
It’s been a year of greatest achievements and bucket list tick offs for me. I was over the moon to be selected to play Reading and Leeds Festival as I frequented Leeds Fest when I was growing up, absolutely mad to say I’ve played it! I also couldn’t believe that I sold out two London headline shows. It completely blew me away to have a total 500 people having a boogie with me to my songs. Without a doubt the craziest, best shows I’ve yet to play. I’m most excited to get some new music out there, I’ve been experimenting with a different vibe/sound and I’m liking where it’s going!
Tune in to the Barbour International Facebook page to catch Lili Caseley’s Session, coming out Thursday 13th December.