New music: Beth Jeans Houghton – Dodecahedron

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

As we all know, a dodecahedron, in geometric terms, is any polyhedron with 12 faces. You don't need me to tell you, either, that it always has 20 vertices and 30 edges. What you may not know, however, is that it's also the name of the new single – the first since she signed to Mute – from Newcastle-born Beth Jeans Houghton, whose last EP was released in September 2009. So why the wait? Apparently it's due to "unforeseen circumstances" and the fact that she's fallen in love with LA. Thankfully, she hasn't started writing songs about plastic surgery and her accent is still pretty obvious as she tells the story of a dream she had over rat-a-tat drums, swirling backing vocals and twinkling xylophone. Her album – produced by Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode, Blur) – is out in the autumn.

Dodecahedron can be downloaded for free from the player above.

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