Simple guitar plus fragile female vocals is a well trodden musical path indeed, but when its done well it can be some of the most powerful, honest music out. With the focus squarely on Ides’ voice there’s no space for her to hide, and little does she need to, as the combination of confessional lyrics and glinting guitar are truly entrancing. This is heartbreak music at its best.
Ides is one alias of London singer songwriter Alanna McArdle, and “Prism” is out now on Art Is Hard Records. Buy here.