Formerly of St Petersburg and Urbantramper – laid back folky Wellington singer-songwriter Elinor Chisholm is now performing under the name Hula Hope, with a lovely little album called ‘Lamp’ up on BandCamp and upcoming shows around the country, before departing for a European tour in September.
Citing influences like Jonathan Richman, Feist and the Chiffons – ‘Lamp’ actually has quite a distinct kiwi feel, with Chisholm’s vocals (at times layered in echo-chamber reverb) feeling very rural grounded. Steve Abel pops up with a few guest vocals too, and at times the album can be quite dreamy (the ending refrain of ‘Sins’), country-tinged (‘Do You’) or folky sounding (‘Plenty of Stones’), its a pleasant set of songs.
Check out the Bandcamp and if you like what you hear come along to the Darkroom on Thursday, where she’ll be supported by Petit Poisson.
The complete tour dates are as follows:
15 August: Dark Room, Christchurch (with Petit Poisson)
21 August: Wine Cellar, Auckland (with Jeremy Desmond)
24 August: Eva St Studio, 2 Eva St, Wellington (with Jeremy Desmond and Town Crier)