Bessie Turner Releases New Mixtape ‘arrabbiata’

Suffolk songwriter Bessie Turner shares her new mixtape ‘Arrabiatta’ on today via her own Good Shout Records

Falling in line with artists like Phoebe Green and She Drew The Gun (or further afield Soccer MommySnail Mail and Stella Donnelly) in her introspective and engaging indie-rock, the mixtape showcases Bessie’s expert approach towards marrying gritty and dreamy sounds, and tackling Big Themes with a mixture of emotional precision and playful levity.  

Lead single ‘It Was Nothing’ – playlisted by BBC 6 Music, and acclaimed by Consequence and CRACK Magazine – is followed in focus by mixtape centrepiece ‘JUJU’. It’s a brooding track, ruminating on the non-linear emotional journey around making tough decisions, as Bessie explains: 

“I wrote the track when I was trying to navigate myself through a tricky situation, and I was feeling quite alone but with that space and loneliness I felt really quite free. 

It’s about bad vibes, good vibes, all the feelings really. Disappointments, anger, feeling strong, feeling like you might be getting somewhere, feeling like dancing, feeling like everything is going to shit.

To me its biggest theme is trust and boundaries but that might be different for the listener. I like people to make their own interpretations of my songs, it’s always so interesting to see what it means to ears that aren’t mine.” 

Whilst the mixtape feels holistic in its construction – there’s also a sense of transience. This is a comma, not a full stop – and it is building anticipation for the story to come. Nowhere is this better emphasised than on the inclusion of momentary closer ‘Ta-Rah’:  

“It’s a slowed down section of a song I made with Joe (COURAGE) which you’ll hopefully be able to hear soon. It leans into the future I guess, it’s a bit weird, it doesn’t feel very final, I didn’t just want to make another EP with your standard wham bam songs. I’ve done that before, I’ll likely do it again. But at the moment I’m saving my most precious jewels for the album which is a long time coming – but it’s still coming…” 

An authentic approach to her music comes naturally, and results in an all-round magnetic presence – as a feature interview with The Line of Best Fit exposes: “She is honest to the last, and it’s absolutely brilliant.” 

Stream the mixtape via your preferred service.

Bessie Turner Releases Music Video For Single, ‘It Was Nothing’

Suffolk songwriter Bessie Turner last week shared her first new music of 2022 in ‘It Was Nothing’ – today she drops the heart-warming video.

The single showcases her expert approach towards marrying gritty and dreamy sounds, and tackling Big Themes with a mixture of emotional precision and playful levity. The visual plays on this with it’s candid home-video style and airy feel.  

Falling in line with artists like Phoebe Green and She Drew The Gun (or further afield Soccer MommySnail Mail and Stella Donnelly) in their approach to introspective and engaging indie-rock, ‘It Was Nothing’ pushes and pulls throughout. An understated opening sets the pivot point for an exhilarating bass and drum kick-off, whilst weightless guitars provide an airy base for Bessie’s lilting vocals to deliver her exploration of a friendship’s hazy aftermath. Across the piece the lyrics swing between over-analysis, and irony and sarcasm, as she details further: 

“I wrote the seed of ‘it was nothing’ years ago now. It’s about the loss of friendships and me trying to find peace and reason in a situation. I’m always the most sorry person in the room and take responsibility for things even if they’re not mine to carry, like if someone ran me over I would apologise for touching their car. I still haven’t found complete peace but at least I’ve made a little ditty. De nada, de rien, don’t worry about it, it’s kind of ironic and sarcastic I guess because I really, really care. The song is full of high and low energy and I wanted it to feel like a burst of emotion. The ending is a kind of sarky feel good end of play – it’s my favourite part of the song.” 

You can view the music video for ‘It Was Nothing’ below.