Bessie Turner lives on a houseboat on the River Orwell here in Suffolk. It’s this rural ideal, complete with everything that living on the river entails that can be heard in Bessie’s music. But the wide open space of the Suffolk countryside is only one of Bessie’s influences. Musical influences include everything from potent modern Hip-Hop like MIA, right through to the luscious melodies of Dusty Springfield.
Bessie’s debut single ‘Big Sleep’ is a work of astonishing beauty, laced with a hint of darkness that is beguiling. In a world that we’re always being told is speeding up, rushing around and crammed full of ‘stuff’ Bessie Turner’s music is gently spacious. The space in Bessie’s music is far from twee or introverted. The debut track ‘Big Sleep’ has the type of maturity usually only seen on recordings from established artists. It’s quite remarkable how calm and mature the aesthetic is for a debut release.
The calm joy of Bessie Turner’s music is spreading around the world at an astonishing pace. ‘Big Sleep’ has been streamed tens of thousands of times since it was released, and with good cause. To find out why Bessie’s music is charming the world watch the video below, and then head on over to the Don’t Try Records website to buy a copy. After all, part of what makes Suffolk musicians successful is the support we give them.
And speaking of support; Bessie Turner has an impressive cast helping her to bring her music to a wider audience. Her collaborator is none other than Ben Ward of local heroes SuperGlu and Big Sleep was recorded and produced by George Perks at the legendary Crypt Studios in London.
Big Sleep was recently played on BBC Radio1. Bessie Turner is destined for great things.