Local scene: Brooke Bentham
‘Heavy and Ephemeral’, Brooke Bentham’s debut release, was so good that it actually made our Best Singles of 2017 list (we said that it: “out Lorded Lorde with its spiralling tune that circled right up into the clouds”). She’s been largely quiet since then but that’s because she’s been completing her studies at Goldsmiths University down in London. She’s now got that lot out of her hair and is gearing up for the release of her debut album ‘Everyday Nothing’, which has been produced by the very excellent Bill Ryder-Jones. And – pleased to report – the album has been well worth the wait because it’s a towering slab of pure drama, pitched in a kind of sweet spot somewhere between Angel Olsen and Lana Del Rey. And Bentham has one of those half-drawled vocals that lends her songs a really woozy aesthetic, which speaks of a woman with world-weary tales to tell. She once busked around the region with Sam Fender and, what do you know, they’re still playing together – he asked her to support him on his last tour. Hopefully she won over a few converts to her cause during that tour, but she’s undoubtedly the real deal.
‘Everyday Nothing’ is released on 28 February. facebook.com/brookebentham