Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of Destiny: Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose – review

(Mute)

All the whimsy in the world (try saying her band's name out loud without a wince) can't distract from the straight-up gorgeousness of Beth Jeans Houghton's unorthodox folk. This debut LP is lit up by an imagination as huge and outlandish as her onstage wigs and it makes for songs that bloom: "Dodacahedron" begins plinky-plonky, then multiplies with strings, voices and harmony into something suitably multidimensional and many-faced. Elsewhere are exquisitely incongruous melodies for the subject matter – she's said "Nightswimmer" is about a sweaty sleeper but her lilting voice makes it, and everything else, sound enchanting.

Contributor

Hermione Hoby

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of Destiny: Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose – review

Beth Jeans Houghton's impressive debut has a dreamlike, fairytale quality, says Caroline Sullivan

Caroline Sullivan

02, Feb, 2012 @10:00 PM

Article image
Beth Jeans Houghton: 'There's more to me than wigs'

The singer-songwriter talks to Morwenna Ferrier about her precocious talent, 'bloody folk' music – and why she writes in symbols and colours

Morwenna Ferrier

06, Nov, 2011 @12:05 AM

Beth Jeans Houghton | Pop review

Beth Jeans Houghton has a bewitching voice, wonderful songs – and she's still only 19, says Hermione Holby

Hermione Hoby

26, Sep, 2009 @11:07 PM

New music: Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny – Sweet Tooth Bird

This Newcastle singer has taken nearly four years to release her debut album. Let's celebrate her tardiness with this new track

Michael Cragg

14, Dec, 2011 @1:36 PM

Video, Flash Forward: Beth Jeans Houghton

This month's rising star sings her own brand of folk music, with a glam twist

Jim Powell

12, Jul, 2009 @2:37 PM

Article image
New band of the day – No 601: Beth Jeans Houghton
This quirky newbie could easily be dismissed as just another kooky songstress were it not for the quality of her music and voice. Oasis fans look away now ...

Paul Lester

06, Aug, 2009 @3:21 PM

New music: Beth Jeans Houghton – Dodecahedron

Michael Cragg: Beth Jeans Houghton is back with – what else? – a song about a polyhedron with 20 vertices and 30 edges ...

Michael Cragg

28, Apr, 2011 @12:39 PM

First sight: Beth Jeans Houghton

Beth Jeans Houghton is set for great things, says Imogen Tilden

Imogen Tilden

27, Mar, 2009 @12:07 AM

Article image
Six Songs of Me: Beth Jeans Houghton

The singer-songwriter picks the music that means the most to her as part of our Six Songs of Me project

Candice Pires

20, Aug, 2012 @3:20 PM

Article image
Beth Orton: Kidsticks review – sunny side up with a shard of ice
(Anti)

Damien Morris

29, May, 2016 @7:00 AM