Such an incredible review…sometimes it’s words like these make it all worthwhile!
Steph Sweet is sweet by name and on the surface her songs seem to be sweet by nature. However scratch the surface and you find that the sweetness is an illusion. Ellen, taken from her new album The Hag and the Whore, may sound sweet but the subject matter is dark and disturbing. Inspired by the one off Channel 4 drama of the same name, the life of Ellen is not all sweetness and light, she’s hurting, she’s violent and she wishes she was dead.
Ellen is bewitching, mesmerising freak folk that sounds like the lovechild of Devandra Banhart and Joanna Newsome and the niece of Bridie Jackson and the Arbour. It’s easily the best folk song I’ve heard since Bridie Jackson’s magnificent Scarecrow and praise doesn’t come much higher than that.