At a party the other week Zoe Konez picked up a guitar, swiftly re-tuned it and performed this tune in front of a room full of gobsmacked people, me among them. Click play and hear it for yourself. Her percussionist Will Connor joined in with telepathic tightness, playing just one tiny hand-drum. A studio version of this song is, we’re assured, on the way: I can hardly wait.
The label singer-songwriter can cover a multitude of sins, including lazy lyrics, cliched rhythms, and tired dull chord sequences. How great to hear not one but two emerging artists with this kind of vigour and virtuosity.
The second contender is the Leeds-based guitarists Troy Faid who’s just released a stunning new album called Solus. The title track below may be in traditional ragtime format, but with an authentic roots feel that reaches back down the decades. Not to mention a vocal that hits you in the emotional solar plexus.
Please tell your friends and help spread the word about Zoe and Troy – these fine artists deserve to be heard.