Singer, songwriter and closet poet, Beck Goldsmith’s haunting lyrics and intimate, melodic vocals have drawn comparisons to Daughter’s Elena Tonra and Cat Power’s Chan Marshall (The Guardian). Hailing from rural Nottinghamshire on the edge of Sherwood Forest, Beck drew influence from her surroundings to create her earthy, atmospheric soundscape.
Having released two albums independently through her own label, Beck’s work for film and TV brought her wider notoriety in 2013 when her version of I Vow to Thee My Country appeared on the trailer for BBC drama The Village. The track went Top Ten in the Amazon Folk Charts and became a Desert Island Disc. In 2014, Halcyon Daze (a co-write with producer Jon Dix) was featured in the Palme D’Or-winning film Blue is the Warmest Colour. Beck subsequently signed to Island Records for her third, and career-best album Lustre & Curve.
Whilst writing her own songs acoustically, Beck’s sound developed through her collaborations with bands and artists in a range of genres; from lo-fi indie to ambient electronica. Debut album Purely Second Guesses showcased Beck’s ear for melody and songwriting sensibilities, but it was her second album Hollows for Sorrows where she really began to hone her style, with textured instrumentation and wonky flourishes.
For her latest album Lustre & Curve, Beck again teams up with producer Jon Dix to explore the contrasts of intimate and epic, modern and traditional. Drawing influence from gothic film and literature as much as widescreen contemporaries like The National or Sigur Ros, the songs have been described as ‘fully formed wonders’. At the core of a warm yet eerie backdrop is Beck’s personal and heartfelt voice, which pulls the listener into her world and holds them transfixed.
“A closet poet whose adroit lyrics sing even when decoupled from their melodies, she bends her stoic dark folk into filmic shapes…exquisite” Mojo
“Beautifully eerie” The Guardian
“Heartbreak with dignity” The Sun
“An inclusive emotional journey” Renowned For Sound
“Lustre & Curve has hidden depths…Beautifully written folk-pop songs” Campfire Tales