Newcastle’s Beth Jeans Houghton has a captivating voice, so powerful that you feel the songs could whisk you down a rabbit hole and into a psychedelic wonderland. In the digital age of synthesizers and overly-layered tracks, Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny’s songs are refreshingly real. The sound is an enchanting adaptation of indie glam rock and folk music, woven with orchestral strings, trumpet and choir-like backing vocals. Tempo changes and genre-bending melodies maintain the energy level throughout the whole album.
Check out the video for “Sweet Tooth Bird,” the first track on Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose. The 21-year-old Beth Jeans Houghton directed the music video herself, and it provides a window into the sensory playground of her imagination. The surreal scenes of a garden graveyard juxtaposed with a seemingly apocalyptic wasteland represent the sabotage of something too good to be true. According to Mute’s Website, Houghton says of the video’s theme, “I think there is this strange feeling of guilt that we all get once we reach a stage of happiness. It is human nature to exist with grief and sadness.”
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