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Boomkat Product Review:
English singer-songwriter Elsa Hewitt makes a surprising appearance on Tompkins Square, bridging the labels deep heritage tastes with a modernist dream-pop appeal.
Alongside the likes of Sam Burton and Gwenifer Raymond, Hewitt is part of a new raft of younger signees to the label who are refreshing its bloodline with classically styled songs done in a naturally up-to-date palette and style. ‘Lupa’ follows in a filigree line of her self-released tapes since 2017’s foundational trio (as compiled on ‘Becoming Real’ with Micro Spiral), a vinyl release for Lobster Theremin, and a comp spot on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, with a cooing, mellow blend of souful electronica betraying languid traces of post punk and folk.
Across its nine songs ’Lupa’ recalls aspects of Herbert’s sound sensitive approach and results, and it’s maybe no surprise that Hewitt has prior form with Kirk Barley aka Bambooman for Accidental Jr, but the finished product is all her own work, yielding a holistic showcase of her sound from the ambient choral clouds and Beth Gibbons-like tone of ‘Howl’ to the nimbly crisp and gently urgent 2-step of ‘Inhaler’, and the the album;s other groove-based gem ‘Squirrelex’, to a lovely kiss-off ‘Multicore Unicorn’ nodding int he direction of 0PN and Julianna Barwick.