Cannonball Jane is the nom de musique for one-woman lo-fi sampling wizard Sharon Hagopain. Recorded entirely in her bedroom, Street Vernacular has a ragged sonic texture that evokes a wide range of female influences — you're bound to notice nods to everyone from classic '60s girl groups to Luscious Jackson and Le Tigre. The opening track, "Slumber Party," wraps a Carole King piano line around somber horns and old skool rhythms, creating a dreamy shuffle — the perfect soundtrack for your next rainy Sunday afternoon. "Hey! Hey! Alright!" starts with a foundation of Casio and fuzz guitar to create an upbeat pop song that could be a hybrid of Kathleen Hanna and the Go-Gos. "Such Is the Score” also transcends boundaries, alternating a slinky big band backbeat with that familiar Funky Drummer shuffle that laid the foundation for hip-hop. Despite its heavy reliance on samples and looping, the album also incorporates the recklessness of garage rock. As a result, Cannonball Jane has created music that would be equally welcome in either a hip lounge or a rock dive.
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