Hey! Manchester presents Freya Beer
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Hailed as ‘a raw and thrilling new talent’, Freya Beer is a singer-songwriter based in West London.
Inspired by art and literature, alternative fashion and music. Freya distills her disparate influences through a gothic soul and devil-may-care spirit that dares to dream in the darkness. Freya released her debut album Beast in October 2021 to exceptional reviews and great public acclaim.
Freya sparked a wave of attention from the get-go with her self-released debut single “Bike Boy” in 2018 and its immediate follow-up “Six Months”. They earned Freya a BBC Introducing Live Lounge Session and a feature on Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 Music show and so the roller coaster began.
With the wind in her sails, Freya launched her own label Sisterhood Records in 2019 as a vehicle to further her creativity. In February 2020 she released the single “Dear Sweet Rosie”, recorded in Manchester with accompaniment from I Am Kloot’s Andy Hargreaves on sonic drums. Drawing on literary influences like Allen Ginsberg’s ‘An Asphodel’ and Anna Sewell’s ‘Black Beauty’. The track went on to receive incredible support from BBC 6 Music and many rave reviews. Marc Riley awarded Freya a live session on his BBC 6 Music Show (which was then highlighted as one of his “Best of the Year ” in December), and has continued to champion her brilliance. Renowned music critic John Robb hailed her as ‘New Artist of the Day’ on his Louder Than War site and predicted a Mercury Prize in years to come.
Revealing her many shades with a series of exquisite lockdown cover versions, Freya
bookended 2020 with the critically acclaimed single “Arms Open Wide”. Loosely inspired by the
chilling atmospheres of ‘Tubular Bells’, the track saw Freya earn further support at BBC6 Music
and PRS for Music placed the single in their Top 20 songs of 2020.
“Siren” came next in early 2021. An intoxicating brew of lyrical in-cantations and artful mystique, paired with arrangements of a piercing intensity. Taking its title from the J.W. Waterhouse masterpiece The Siren, Freya’s single finds her unearthing new secrets in those channels of renaissance art and mythology while re-appropriating the feathered flare of 70s era glam in her own shadow. She quickly followed Siren with the mighty The Calm Before The Storm, a mass of grunge guitars and Owain Hansfords thrashing drums.
Discovering new audiences and in-turn more about herself as an artist throughout the year. These creative experiences provided a powerful stimulus in recording her debut album: ‘Beast’. Recorded in London and Manchester, the 11 track album was released in October 2021 on Sisterhood.
Freya’s October 2022 single, Honeymoon Eyes, a duet with rising Electro star Tom Saint, coincided with another successful UK tour, including Headline slots at Manchester’s famous Night and Day Cafe and Cambridge Junction, and culminating with a major London show as Special Guest to Republica on December 9th at The Powerhaus.
Freya starts 2023 with a major show as part of Camden Rocks on January 14th highlighting her diversity live. She will be back in the studio in mid January 2023 recording her next single. She will be playing regular shows in London before commencing more national shows in April 2023.