Beth Jeans Houghton interview: “I hate London”

Originally printed: The Independent, february 13

Falling from the limelight is often damaging to any artist and devastating at the start of a career. Yet for Beth Jeans Houghton the rise of the Marling’s and the Welch’s, while the Sheeran’s took our dollar, couldn’t have been better.

Hougton’s style always tilted towards the credible outsiders of singer songwriters, St Vincent and Jesca Hoop, with early shows kicking with footlights of folk’s Oprey.  So while the Radio 2 darlings thrived, she dismantled the quirky folk banner to refine her magnificent debut album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose, in to a sample filled big band rumpus……….

How does it feel to finally have an album coming out?

It’s exciting just for the fact it’s taken so long to get to this point and more of a relief I guess to know it’s finally coming out. We’ve been in suspended animation for a long time.

Why did it take so long?

There were many delays, just boring stuff; negotiating contracts and people who were meant to be signing contracts getting sick. But it’s been beneficial in a sense to give us more time to work through songs and figure out how were going to do them live……..CONTINUE READING HERE.

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