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The Week’s Release: 2/27-3/4

This past week was host to a number of releases. Here’s a recap of a few, featuring Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny,MemoryhouseSoft Swells, The Wooden Sky and EPs from Moonlight Bride and Tiny Victories

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

Making her first appearance in 2006, Beth Jeans Houghton has been writing music since she was a teenager. Currently residing in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, Houghton released her first EP back in 2008, however her debut album wasn’t released until this week. Often compared to popular artists such as Nico and Laura Marling, Houghton is known for her sweet vocals and folkish sound and has supported a number of musical acts such as Imogen Heap, St. Vincent and Bon Iver.

At first listen of Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose I wasn’t sure how I felt about the album. Echoing vocals, quiet xylophone parts, off beat guitar strums and string bass line; it’s a lot to take in. However after a few listens it becomes evident just how amazing this album is. Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose isn’t your typical regurgitated indie rock album and that’s what makes it so appealing: 8.9/10

What the Critics Say: Metacritic gave Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose a score of 82 indicating universal acclaim.

“With Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose, Houghton and her Hooves deliver on all of the buzz she garnered two years ago, picking up right where she left off after a long absence. Houghton did well not to squander all that good will, with the amount of care that went into making this album brimming out from every song.” –  Austin Trunick of Consequence of Sound (4/5)

“Houghton surfing the music in a delicious formation of immense overdubbed contralto harmonies. ” – David Sheppard of BBC Music

“Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose is a success, in that it captures what Beth Jeans Houghton has been doing in her live shows for the past couple of years, without diluting or rushing it for the sake of a time-specific tag. ” – Aaron Lavery of Drowned in Sound (8/10)

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