High school dropout? Raised by albino wolves in the hills of Transylvania? Dresses like a wayward Gaga and sounds like a new-age Nico … Is it Diablo Cody’s newest Heroine? No, its the bleached blonde songstress from across the pond, Miss Beth Jeans Houghton and her band aka The Hooves of Destiny.

The sound this young ingenue sends out into the world is wise beyond her 21 years. Her voice is syrupy and deep with a killer intonation to rival the likes of Joni Mitchell or Joan Beaz. With an exceptional instrumental taste that blends chain-gang folk and glam rock psychedelia, this girl has the guts and glory to claim the spot of music’s wild-child. Imaginative and quirky lyrics add to her lovability, inspired by Bob Dylan, gospel and Frank Zappa — she most surely does justice to her idols’ legacies.

Her debut full-length, Yours, Truly, Cellophane Nose, is set for release February 28, 2012 via Mute Records (M83 label mates). The album is produced by Ben Hillier (Blue, Elbow, Depeche Mode) and has been long anticipated since her first EP dropped in 2008, after which she disappeared. Infused with banjos and steel drums, Yours, Truly, Cellophane Nose, is as sexy hodgepodge of the pretty little things that fill Houghton’s beautifully dreamy head. True talent lives in every note. Miss. Houghton breaks your heart and touches your naughty bits with every lacy oh and leathery ah. So don’t take my words lightly, go forth and YouTube, Facebook, Myspace and buy! Emerge yourself into the icy waters of Beth Jean Houghton’s musical daydreams! Check out her first single “Liliputt” and first teaser track “Dodecahedron” by clicking the links, then sit back and enjoy!

Words: Jasmine Hickle


Artist: Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny
Album: Yours, Truly, Cellophane Nose
Label: Mute Records
Release date: February 28, 2012
Beth Jeans Houghton – Dodecahedron by Mute UK