Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny, “Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose”

There’s something uniquely British-sounding about Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose.  It’s unsurprising, then, that she’s opened for many top Brit acts lately, as her music fits in with the rest of the folk revivalists, though there’s more of an edge to her music than you’d expect.  There’s whimsy in Beth Jeans Houghton’s airy soprano, but there’s also something a little dark and sinister lurking beneath the fairy-tale atmosphere that the album paints.  The songs vary between indie rock with folk touches and something more firmly psych-folk and electronic.  Tracks like “Dodecahedron”, “Atlas”, and “Franklin Benedict” highlight Houghton’s vocal range, which appears to be considerable but is used well and to good effect.  Recommended for fans of artists such as Joanna Newsom, Florence + the Machine, and Regina Spektor.

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