Orton told Jam! Music that the blueprint for the production of Sugaring Season
was Roberta Flack's debut album First Take
, which includes her classic hit tune, "First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
." She explained: "I was obsessed with making an album based loosely on the sound of that record and the feel of that record. It's kind of a classic sound, sort of a timeless thing. There's no irony. It's just fully honest, fully realized, in the moment."
This song features Beth Orton's live vocal on top of a rehearsal take - her band didn't know she was taping.