‘The Machine‘ is the stunning debut single from Fiona Bevan, released 10th March on Navigator Records. Written by Bevan – who has already tasted success as a chart-topping songwriter for One Direction – ‘The Machine’s’ hypnotic rhythm and clanging percussion contrast vividly with it’s spritely vocal and the frisky, looped acoustic guitar.
“The Machine came from being angry and frustrated about the state of the world and from my feelings of powerlessness to do anything about it,” she says. “Within the song, there’s a shift – that’s about breaking out and finding how you can have power in your own life, in everything you do.”
‘The Machine’ is the first single to be taken from ‘Talk To Strangers’, Fiona Bevan’s debut album released April 28th on Navigator Records. Bevan describes her debut album as “pop in disguise”. Recorded in producer Shawn Lee’s Bloomsbury studio on entirely analogue equipment, ‘Talk To Strangers’ was recorded with live instrumentation, with Bevan playing guitar, violin, double bass, accordion, and harp. Holding everything together is her extraordinary, sweet voice, as unique and distinctive as her mop of peroxide curls.
Suffolk-born, Colchester-raised, and now living in east London, alongside performing Fiona Bevan has established a stellar career as an in-demand songwriter. As well as commissions for film, classical compositions, and a Tate exhibition, she co-wrote Little Things with Ed Sheeran, a 2012 No.1 single for One Direction. Last year, Bevan wrote, recorded and toured with jazz vocalist Gwyneth Herbert. Reviewing the show in London, The Guardian wrote “Bevan took us on startling odysseys that suggested Erykah Badu, Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush spine-tinglingly joined”. Most recently, Bevan was in Los Angeles co-writing with Grammy Award-winning producer John Shanks.