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Preview: Kathryn Williams// Leaf/ 19.3.14

Prolific singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams graces the always lovely Leaf on the 19th March with songs from her 10th album ‘Crown Electric’.

Released in September last year, these 13 songs of summery simplicity have earned the Liverpool-born musician a nomination for The Journal’s Culture Awards Performing Artist of the Year and many a glowing review. Produced by Neill MacColl, who also worked on Kathryn’s preceding albums ‘Two’ (2008) and ‘The Quickening’ (2010), ‘Crown Electric’ is unified by its effortlessness. Each song is equally polished, self assured, fully grown. Expect trickling guitar, crisp piano, and soaring string arrangements. A sorrowfully sweet voice sitting square in the middle.

Williams’ folk-pop is mellow, certainly, but far from mild: whereas ‘Monday Morning’ is almost Britpop-y, ‘Arwen’ is a melancholy folk ballad and ‘Count ’is captivatingly percussive. All in all, this is interesting song writing, and tight musicianship.

There will be cardigans, there will be swaying, there will be tea. And possibly a string quartet. What could be better.

Doors 8pm.  

Georgia Harris

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