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 Moog synthesizer, while she handled the vocals and guitar. No bass required here.Nico crossed with Natalie Merchant, backed with Muller's tribal drumbeats and Hope's own jagged guitar work. "Liar" rocks like a lost Sonic Youth track with Juliana Hatfield on vocals. There are also touches of Patti and Kendra Smith and PJ Harvey turning up in the album's nine tracks. Check out a live performance of "Whatever You Want," shot in San Diego, below. In this song from Invisible Sunday, Hope combines a guitar riff reminiscent of the Undertones' "Teenage Kicks" with some pure girl-group goodness.
Hope began performing in Minneapolis with former Replacements road manager Bill Sullivan assisting in landing her gigs opening for Elliott Smith, Idlewild and others. In 2005, she opted to leave the States for a few years in Paris, but has since relocated to New York. Although Invisible Sunday marks Hope's full-length debut, she was included on Through The Wilderness: A Tribute To Madonna, Manimal Vinyl's 2007 benefit album for Raising Malawi. Check out her folkie take on "Lucky Star" below and let me know if you, too, have hope for Alexandra. If you happen to live in Los Angeles, you can catch Hope live at Spaceland on May 25 backed by drummer David McFarland.
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