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Bess Atwell


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    Cherry Baby
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    Swimming Pool
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    Cobbled Streets
Bess Hildick-Smith, known by her stage name as Bess Atwell, grew up in the English countryside, one of four children to an eclectic family of artists, songwriters and doctors.
In 2015, not long after withdrawing from Falmouth University to pursue music nearer London, Atwell garnered the attention of major news outlets after a slew of showcases for The Great Escape Festival. The Independent and The Guardian were among those impressed by the artist’s performances, describing her as “a promising folk poet of suppression and inner anxiety” and “a gifted singer-songwriter with a voice like slow, cool water”.
Atwell’s former solo project has evolved into a full band affair soaked in four-part vocal harmony fulfilling her desire to create a more dynamic live show, with traces of traditional folk music. The band took some time out after the release of Atwell’s debut to work on new material in their hometown of Brighton. The time off allowed the songwriter to develop a more refined, assured sound by falling back in love with folk music and learning to incorporate it with newer indie-rock influences.
Two of Atwell’s late 2018 offerings ‘Swimming Pool’ and ‘Grace’ were playlisted by BBC Radio 6 Music. Taking inspiration from the likes of The National, Fleet Foxes, and Sharon Van Etten, to name just a few, the new music explores conflicting themes on identity, romanticism and reality.


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