There's been a trend within these tips for a soft, emotive voice full of devastating song-craft and the next pick Sophie Jamieson is no exception...
I first discovered Sophie some eighteen months or so ago now as a bare-boned solo folk artist making tracks across London with a beautiful, contemplative
sound of intricate guitar plucks and a beguiling, pure vocal. Her progression since has been startling, working with Ben Walker on her magnificent debut EP Where released in June through (half) his Folkroom Records, it saw the addition of some haunting, shimmering soundscapes and an increasing maturity to Sophie's music from an artist who'd just left university.
Even though her sound has progressed from that of a sole singer-songwriter there's still a spellbinding simplicity throughout, tracks like the EP's closing "Ode To The East" is delicately delivered but truly moves you, clutching at seldom found feelings with a delivery that oozes with genuine emotion. "Dinah" was Sophie's breakthrough track and is equally timeless, a restrained, slow-motion acoustic waltz that plucks at your hear-strings and leaves you with a warm, evocative feeling of beauty. A genuine folk flag-bearer for the future.
Sophie has a few more gigs yet this year including one at The Slaughtered Lamb (the venue I actually last saw her at her launch show) supporting Bella Union's Sumie on December 11th - details.