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Beth Orton On World Cafe

Beth Orton performs live for World Cafe. (WXPN)closemore
Beth Orton performs live for World Cafe. (WXPN)

When Beth Orton released her debut album, Trailer Park, in 1996, critics dubbed her music "folktronica" for its use of acoustic instruments, singer-songwriter vibe and electronic beats. Whatever it was called, the songwriting and performance were sensational. Orton has experimented with her music through the years, leaning in her recent albums toward the acoustic side — but her newest record, Kidsticks, finds her mostly abandoning acoustic instruments for electronic keyboards and loops.

In this session, Orton stands at a keyboard, triggering various loops and other electronic elements. Hear the complete session above, and watch her performance of "Wave" below.

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