What does it sound like?:
Juanita Stein is one half of a brother/sister combination within Howling Bells, a band on an extended break to accommodate Juanita’s maternity leave and early motherhood. Rather than getting the band together again, she has decided to release a solo album. Having achieved the peak of human creativity, making another human being, this Australian lady living in London has been inspired to write songs about America, an America perceived through half remembered movies, TV programmes and magazines that were viewed as a child. When you listen, you’ll hear an enticing mixture of a romanticised American Dream, soured by bitterness, loss and the filthy reality of a seedy underbelly, “dusty trails, a whimsical Fifties suburbia and the haze of the Sixties” as she puts it. Juanita is exploring the dichotomy of what’s real and what’s a dream, in the tradition of Roy Orbison.
Her voice is wispy in the mid range and fragile in the high register. Her accent sounds English, rather than Australian. The music is Americana once-removed, a curious sounding second cousin, an elegant guitar adding the fine detail throughout. It’s the oddness that’s appealing, the feeling of looking at a landscape » Continue Reading.