Marianne’s forthcoming spoken word album sees her recite the 19th-century British Romantic poets accompanied by musical arrangements by Warren Ellis, Brian Eno, Nick Cave and Vincent Segal. Produced by Ellis and Head, the album is named after Lord Byron’s portrait of infatuation, She Walks In Beauty and features three poems by Keats, two apiece from Shelley, Wordsworth and Byron, and one each from Thomas Hood and Alfred Lord Tennyson.
The recording was inspired by her school days at St Joseph’s Convent School in Reading. “I had a wonderful, inspirational English teacher called Mrs Simpson. She introduced me to the English Romantics. I had to leave it all behind in order to be a pop singer, but I never forgot them.”
A couple of the tracks were debuted at the Chloe show during Paris Fashion week back in March, where she recorded verse by Louisa May Alcott, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Christina Rossetti, William Butler Yeats and Byron.