It seemed the only thing the bepermwigged blousy folk harridan of Tyneside did last year was headline a stage at Latitude - the Hot Toast EP came out in August 2009 and she debuted this in a 6 Music session shortly afterwards. Her excuse is she spent most of 2010 in LA, yet the album's still not due (on Mute, mind) until the autumn. Until then comes this timely reminder, a galumphing cryptic song of dream sqequence imagery, shifting mini-movements (especially those that sound like the music from Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) and clever bits of instrumentation and male Hooves Of Destiny on backing vocals. Seems Ben Hillier's production has brought something properly inventive to Houghton's odd folk liturgies.
Beth Jeans Houghton - Dodecahedron by Mute UK