Septagon (Stiff Hips)
Veruca Salt fans will note that the hook of this four-track EP’s second song, “It Could Be,” echoes the hook of Nina Gordon’s “2003.” And why not? Dismissing Gordon’s 2000 solo debut as a pop sellout, lots of people didn’t give it time to sink in. So Thornley is doing them and any listeners who’ve grown up since then a favor. The hook is gorgeous, and, by slowing it down and attaching it to a more mysterious melody than Gordon’s on the verses (and by singing it in her more-luminous-than-Gordon’s voice), Thornley gets more out of it. Why there are only three additional songs when the EP’s title means “seven-sided object” is anyone’s guess. But all four will have you wanting three more at least.
Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (Legacy)
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