I AM HER
I Am Her is the solo project of Julie Riley, former frontwoman of Rosa Mota and Crown Estate. Herstory sees her singing and playing acoustic guitars, accompanied only by drummer Jeff Townsin, which makes things quite sonically samey. Riley is at her intense and punky best when she sounds like PJ Harvey, as on the dark, gothic waltz “Debby Brown” (told from the POV of a creepy man), or the thrashy “Harpy”. Less interesting are the wistful meditations on parenthood (always a tricky concept to explore in rock), or the gauche, folky allegories like “Heroine” (where she sounds like a particularly unsophisticated Vashti Bunyan).