Jo Hamilton: Gown

~ Tuesday, 28 July 2009
A classically trained musician and member of The Rainbow Chasers, this is the debut album from the Birmingham based lass. With Gown, Hamilton manages to blur the boundaries between folk and electronica with consummate ease. The result is an album full of atmosphere that is rich, warm and often stunning.

The album opener, Exist (Beyond My Wildest Dreams) is the weakest track here, despite the addition of guitar from blues genius Andy Gunn, but this is soon forgotten as Pick Me Up
kicks in. An anthemic exercise in ambient chilled out dance that is perfect for watching the Ibizian sunset.

Hamilton has been compared with Kate Bush and Annie Lennox, but there is nothing on this album as remotely self indulgent or overbearing as those two. What we get is something more akin to Little Boots or Imogen Heap. Experimentation without being pretentious.

This is an album of huge promise. Tracks like All in Adoration and Deeper (Glorious) and Think Of Me shows she has a understanding of using melody and space in perfect harmony.

To these ears Mekong Song stands out amongst a hugely impressive set of self penned songs. The sparse arrangement allowing Hamilton's voice to shine.

Not quite the finished article, but damn near perfect.

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Listen to Jo Hamilton: Pick Me Up