Add Date: February 21
Artist: Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny
Album: Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose
Genre: Rock, folk, experimental pop
Comments: Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose is the explosive debut album from Newcastle artist Beth Jeans Houghton, with a superb backing band dubbed The Hooves of Destiny. The promoter describes Houghton as "one of the most self-assured new artists of the year, a pop polymath whose blend of psychedelia, glam rock and chain gang folk is quite unlike anything else you're likely to hear in 2012", while The Guardian has described her voice as "Vashti Bunyan crossed with Nico and Laura Marling."
Indeed, Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose adroitly hops from '60s-inspired psych folk to percussion-driven post-punk sprawl--sometimes within the same song, as on the excellent "Atlas"--or from traditional-sounding balladry to ornate chamber pop. Houghton's captivating vocals, rich instrumentation, and the top-class musicianship of the band tie everything together into an excellent LP.
All tracks recommended, but start with 1, 4, 7, 2 and 8.