Little Boots

Little Boots

"Little Boots is perhaps at her most relaxed on her latest, dipping between moods with a devil-may-care nostalgia that delivers on its sequin-glinting, platform-shoed modus operandi." DIY

The fourth studio album from Little Boots AKA Victoria Hesketh marks a profound personal rebirth. A tenderly euphoric, songwriterly disco album about what it means to get yourself back. It’s a coming-of-age record that casts a compassionate eye on youthful insecurity and pledges to stop living life in the passenger seat. It is her first self-produced album, and its piano-led songs reflect her classical music training as well as a lifelong love of iconic artists such as Elton John, Carole King, the Bee Gees and of course ABBA. Little Boots will be joining ABBA for their trailblazing virtual tour in support of Voyage, their first album in 40 years.

After leaving the major label system, Victoria’s own imprint, On Repeat, flourished with her third album, 2015’s pointedly titled Working Girl. In 2016, Victoria moved to LA and focused on making EPs, including 2018’s brilliant Burn, a collaboration with women and non-binary producers. During this time, Victoria also spent time with the legendary Jean-Michel Jarre and co-wrote the lead single for his latest record, which received a Grammy in nomination in 2017 for Best Electronic Album.

When the pandemic hit and the lifeblood of live performance vanished with it, Victoria left half her stuff in LA and moved back into her teenage bedroom at her parents’ house in Blackpool, the place where she wrote her acclaimed RIAA certified gold selling debut album ‘Hands’ the record that won her BBC Sound Of 2009 and a Brit Award Nomination. The Kickstarter success, for a tenth anniversary reissue of ‘Hands’ made more than five times its £10,000 goal and it was this that inspired Victoria to start a Patreon to fund her fourth album. It covered her costs entirely and gave her unprecedented creative freedom, even though she was stuck in one place.

With plaudits for the new music coming in from the likes of NME, the BBC, The Line Of Best Fit and Clash, it’s a powerful time for Little Boots, who said “I feel like I’m ready to take on the world. I feel like I can do anything, which is amazing after such a strange couple of years. I feel like I’ve got all this ammunition: I’ve got this record that I’m so proud of that people genuinely seem to be really liking, and I’m about to go into a dream gig with my favourite band ever. I feel like I’ve been in a cocoon and I’m about to come out a sequin-covered butterfly.” From that little flame came a rousing disco inferno.

 

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