Hula Hope at Darkroom

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 BandCampĀ 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.

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