Brighton-based artist Bess Atwell has emerged once again after making her mark in 2021 with her critically acclaimed LP Already, Already in 2021. She now unveils her forthcoming album, Light Sleeper, set for release later this year, featuring her latest single, “Release Myself,” which explores the folk-pop genre in its entirety.
Atwell joined forces with with The National’s Aaron Dessner, known for his work with Ed Sheeran, Bon Iver and Taylor Swift. Dessner’s new collaboration with Atwell, “Release Myself” feels like a warm hug from the moment you press play, the effervescent aesthetic that Atwell has crafted over recent years wrapping the listener into a comforting embrace.
“Light Sleeper is about the willingness to feel. While writing the album, I was realizing that somewhere along the line I had become very afraid of feeling. The record is about facing this realization and finding the bravery to challenge it. It’s still hard for me to believe that I got to make this record with one of my heroes, but somehow, I got that lucky.”
– Bess Atwell
“Release Myself” is the most honest and seemingly melancholic introduction to Atwell’s upcoming album, with the track serving as an exploration into the folk-pop and country genres.
Atwell’s forthcoming album, Light Sleeper, is set for release on May 24 on streaming platforms.