"You might have missed this last year. No excuses now."
Jenny Hoyston – Isle Of
Well I’ll be damned, how did we miss this first time around? Sparky, inventive, fun, and displaying a great deal of sass, Jenny Hoyston’s Isle Of kicks off in fine style with spell d-o-g; an ebullient garage thump-along. The vibe is set for an LP that is always inventive and not scared to explore different moods and mediums. Hoyston’s pedigree holds her in good stead; she’s the singer in Erase Errata - something that’s not really noticeable musically apart from the strident Bring Back Art or maybe Novelist – and this confident solo effort sounds like she having a lot of fun outside the constraints of the band set up.
In some ways it’s a classic bedsit LP, full of lo-fi experimentation, full of personal obsessions that mean nothing to anyone but the singer (I Don’t Need ‘Em). There’s a fair slice of country tinged balladry on Isle Of, however it’s never downbeat, Even in This Day and Age is a cracker, a barn-floor holler backed by just guitar and a stomping heel. And there is plenty of (pre-requisite?) solo weirdness using found instruments (Everyone’s Alone) not forgetting rock-outs like Structure.
You might have missed this last year. No excuses now.
Words: Richard Foster