Now then, why wasn’t this girl all over everyone's end of year lists? I'm coming in with a very late 'honourable mention' here – Eilen Jewell's 'Letters from Sinners and Strangers' is a cracker.
I first heard Eilen's Boundary County over at the ever-reliable songs:illinois and was smitten enough to seek this out last year, before spending most of autumn dancing round the kitchen to it. These are barbed and wry songs a-plenty, wrapped up in a swooning vocal and enough old-timey musicianship to seduce you into thinking they’re honey sweet. Oh no. Recommended.
And in a year where my resolutions are to a) get back on line and b) get into gin-based cocktails, let's start here, shall we?
Listen: Eilen Jewell – High Shelf Booze
Listen: Eilen Jewell – In The End