Hope. It's that magical buzzword on which Barack Obama based a large part of his campaign for President. It's something we need to help us get through the bad times and dream of a better future. It's also this stunning new artist's last name. I'm not sure that Alexandra Hope has anything to do with hope other than the fact that it's her surname, but I hope that writing about her will help more people discover Invisible Sunday, her fine debut album, which was released by the Los Angeles-based indie label Manimal Vinyl Records a few months ago. Check out the album's title track in this clip directed by Alia Raza, who has also worked on videos featuring Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and freak folkie Devendra Banhart.
As you heard in that track, Hope sounds a bit like Liz Phair if she had a better voice and fronted the Cardigans. The Minnesota-born, one-time Paris resident and current New Yorker recruited Fiery Furnaces' David Muller to produce the effort and play drums, piano, and MoogRead More »from Her Name Is Hope, Alexandra Hope