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Music Editorial

brookebentham177.jpg We’ll Brooke no argument

And that argument in full: local lass Brooke Bentham is a star in the making. She’s already hit us up with one of the very best debuts of the year and her autumn tour sees her playing the Mining Institute in Newcastle.

Stop what you’re doing and take yourself off to Spotify, YouTube or whatever and get Brooke Bentham’s Heavy and Ephemeral up and playing. Give it a listen and think, “Mmm; pretty good,” then give it another listen and think, “Actually; really good,” and then give it another listen and think, “SONG OF THE YEAR!” It’s certainly one of our favourites; a smart and spiralling pop song that yanks plenty of unexpected rabbits out of unexpected hats, pulling you into its bosom and holding you there. It’s the kind of song that could fit easily onto the playlists of everything from Radio 1 to 6Music and the kind of song that should be lauded to the high heavens on everything from Pop Justice to Pitchfork.

It’s taken from her super The Room Swayed EP, which features four songs of rare, contemplative power that won’t have fans of Angel Olsen, Laura Marling or First Aid Kit lobbing brickbats her way any time soon. She’s originally from South Shields but is currently down in London studying at Goldsmith’s - but she’ll be back in the region this November when she plays an intimate gig at the Mining Institute in Newcastle. Should be kinda special.

Brooke Bentham, Saturday 18 November, The Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £8.50. facebook.com/brookebentham