6 Rose Elinor Dougall – Without Why
I don't know much about her previous existence as one-third of The Pipettes and came to the single Find Me Out with no real expectations. It is a lovely melancholy, string-driven tune and the way she sings 'my cerebral faculties overloaded' would charm the hardest heart. The rest of the album is mostly more up-tempo, but the lyrics are always intelligent and interesting and she has a gift for matching them with catchy tunes and an idiosyncratic range of instrumentation.
Occasionally it can get a bit polite and not spontaneous enough, but it is undoubtably a well crafted bunch of pop songs which makes you happier to have heard them. And sometimes that's enough, more than enough.