The Chemical Brothers & Beth Orton Share 20-Year-Old Collaboration 'I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain': Listen
Few records have a history that runs decades deep, but Beth Orton and The Chemical Brothers' cover collaboration of Tim Buckley's "I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain" is one of those rare stories.
Orton, who is a singer-songwriter known for blending folk and electronica, tweeted that she's been going through her archives and what records might have slipped through the cracks.
During the process of making my last record Kidsticks, I felt a liberation around how I made music & how I looked at the music of my past. With that same sprit of adventure I am taking a last look over my shoulder at what got lost along the way. (1/4)— Beth Orton (@beth_orton) June 1, 2018
I started a little label and I’m calling it Lost Leaves. Today marks the first release of a handful of as yet unheard songs. I recorded a cover of Tim Buckley's “I Never Asked to be Your Mountain” with the Chemical Brothers. (2/4)— Beth Orton (@beth_orton) June 1, 2018
We must have recorded it around the same time as I made Central Reservation; The Chemical brothers would have just released Dig Your Own Hole. Sometime in 1998 possibly. (3/4)— Beth Orton (@beth_orton) June 1, 2018
I imagine the track got put to one side, slotted into that book that I told myself I’d read someday & never did and the track got forgotten. Found by chance last year but released with every intention I hope you enjoy this offering. Beth xxx— Beth Orton (@beth_orton) June 1, 2018
Listen here: https://t.co/qiPUUHkBtC pic.twitter.com/Z32Rv8ox7T
This week’s #FridayFlashback was recorded nearly two decades ago, but has remained unheard until now. This cover of the Tim Buckley classic ‘I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain’ is a previously unreleased collaboration between @beth_orton & @ChemBros: https://t.co/oV2xAKz0TQ ⛰— Chemical Brothers (@ChemBros) June 1, 2018
The collaboration comes on Orton's new label Lost Leaves. The two acts have previously worked together on songs like "One Too Many Mornings" and "Alive Alone" on The Chemical Brothers' 1995 album Exit Planet Dust.
Listen to their newly released joint cover below: