In the market for some new listening material? Well a host of brilliant singer-songwriters are set to put out new albums or tour the UK over the coming months. Here are the 10 amazing artists who are ready to pour their hearts out via your headphones this year.
Australian Courtney has spent the past couple of years wowing festival crowds from the US to the UK, on the strength of a couple of old EPs. At the end of last year she finally found the time to go back home and record her official debut album. Titled Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, it's set for release on March 23. In the meantime, check out 2013's glorious psych-inflected Avant Gardner single, or grunge-leaning new track Pedestrian At Best. She's touring the UK with her band 'The Courtney Barnetts' in support of the LP this March and April - miss her at your peril.
Now based in Nashville, Virginia's Natalie Prass plugs into the great American tradition of grown-up pop singers, from Dionne Warwick to Carly Simon. The 28 year old has just released her self-titled album and it's soaring, sophisticated delight, which sees her mixing soul and country to impressive effect. She's supporting Americana legend Ryan Adams on tour in the UK at the end of February, if you're able to stand that much heartache in a single evening.
Otherwise known as Katie Crutchfield, Waxahatchee took her stage name from a picturesque creek near her parents house in Alabama where she wrote her first album, 2012's gorgeously lo-fi American Weekend. Now based on the East Coast, Katie is prepping the release of her third album, Ivy Tripp, which features the single Air. Playing soul-baring confessional tunes on electric guitar, she can do soft balladry as well as harder, riffier bedroom punk tunes. She's currently on the road in Europe and will be returning to the UK for a full tour in June.
Releasing the acclaimed Burn Your Fire For No Witness last year, Brooklyn based Angel Olsen became the darling of the music press thanks to her flair for skipping between lilting folk and tough-as-nails rock. She'll be playing every celeb's fave festival - Coachella in California - this April. If you're not heading off to the polo field full of floral headdresses,then it's perfectly acceptable to stay at home and fall head over heels with her music there.
Playing London, Manchester and Glasgow in February, the Philadelphia-raised, LA based Girlpool release their new track Chinatown on March 23. Made up of best friends Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad their stripped back acoustic punk sound is boosted by close harmonies that pitch them some where between Patti Smith and The Ronettes. Their self-titled EP is out now.
Emmy The Great
Emma-Lee Moss is an old hand at this music lark, releasing her first EP way back in 2006. However, her formative folksy sounds however have recently morphed into a more modern, future-facing beast, and on her recent single Swimming Pool she joined forces with Wild Beasts' Tom Fleming for an floaty, electronica inspired track about the Londoner's time spent living in Los Angeles.
Billy The Kid
Releasing the fantastic Horseshoes & Hand Grenades album last year, Vancouver's Billy Pettinger writes country rock songs about love and loss. The album was produced by the UK's own arena-filling agit-folk star Frank Turner who's made a habit of joining her onstage whenever she plays London shows. Check her YouTube channel to see her recent 31 Covers in 31 Days project, which sees her playing acoustic versions of songs by everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Bruce Springsteen.
Due out on Monday (February 2), Esme Patterson's second solo album Woman to Woman sees her inhabiting various female characters from pop songs and giving them their own voice. It's a powerful idea and the former member of Americana group Paper Bird manages to pull it off spectacularly, slipping into the cowboy boots of Dolly Parton's Jolene on the husky steel-guitar led Never Chase A Man and The Beatles' maligned Eleanor Rigby on the tender Bluebird.
Torres aka Mackenzie Scott's second album Sprinter isn't out until May 18, but that doesn't mean you can't start getting excited about it. The Brooklyn-via-Nashville vocalist decamped to sleepy Dorset to record the follow-up to her 2013 self-titled release, also spending time working at in Bristol at Adrian Utley of Portishead's studio. A heavy, unforgiving collection of songs, Torres has said Nirvana and the writer Joan Didion are key influences on the album.
The majestic, Brit Award winning folk singer Laura Marling returns with her fifth album, Short Movie. She's crammed a whole lot into her short life - she turns 25 on February 1 - including a wealth of life experience, which informs her prescient, heart-felt songs. Out on March 23, her new LP is inspired by the year she spent living in California, and sees her playing electric guitar rather than her trusty acoustic.