American novelist Ellen Glasgow once said “The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.” Beth Jeans Houghton must have felt those sentiments in the not too distant pass as she has taken the very liberating step of a big change as she announced:
“This is a new sound, a new project. Du Blonde is a new incarnation and one step closer to assuming my ultimate form. Having freed myself from the rusty and bloody shackles of Beth Jeans Houghton – both musically and spiritually – I felt it only right to step forth under a new name and let the rituals commence.” Beth Jeans Houghton aka DU BLONDE
Beth Jeans Houghton will release a brand new album this spring on Mute under the name DU BLONDE. The new moniker is a fresh start for Beth whose forthcoming album is a big change in musical direction. Whilst her 2012 album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose was a standalone piece of polymath pop, 25-year-old Houghton, has constantly evolved and reinvented herself – a musical and aesthetic chameleon always playing by her own rules.
Here’s a snippet of DU BLONDE’S first single on a video released by Houghton today:
DU BLONDE will step out with her first live performances in February, playing the Roundhouse Rising Festival at the Roundhouse, London and a hometown show in Newcastle at the 6Music Festival.
20 February – Roundhouse Rising Festival, Roundhouse Studios, London
22 February – 6Music Festival 2015, Newcastle upon Tyne