The all-too-simply named S is the project of Jenn Ghetto, who makes slow-moving bedroom pop on guitar and records it to four-track. Her sparse arrangements, accompanied by her calmly devastating voals, recall Lotte Kestner in her Trespassers William incarnation. 'Cool Choices' is pretty ironically named for a record this downbeat and scathing, but hey, irony isn't a problem: this is bona fide bedroom pop for when you're sad and in your bedroom.
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This was a fairly popular album in our office over recent weeks from former Carissa's Wierd member Jenn Ghetto. 'Cool Choices' is actually her fourth; she's seemingly become a hot cult act in her own right over the last 13 years.
S, for that is her working moniker, builds songs in the vein of quality chiming indie rock (see the divine 'Vampires') or downbeat ballads such as sombre piano-led tear jerker 'Losers' which opens the album. Trespassers William and Laura Veirs spring to mind in the style of her vocal delivery. Jenn's breathy honeyed tones dispel tales of sadness quite at odds with their warm timbre and the music in all its diversity intimately frames her lyrical aptitude.
She can do quality 80's electro-pop ala Alice Cohen too. 'Tell Me' is an irresistible lost dream-pop radio hit that could well have fallen off Cohen's brilliant 'Pink Keys'. It's not an original album in any way though; many songs felt quite familiar on first listen but they are all brilliantly executed and very catchy indeed. We have here a nicely segued album that maintains its strength, diversity and focus until the very end. Songs like these quickly become old friends and you will find yourself reaching constantly for its undeniable comforts.
Make that cool choice today.
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