Poppy Ackroyd + Lumen
Poppy Ackroyd's 'Escapement' was one of my surprise hits of last year. I listened to it loads and even bought a copy for my dad, who loved it too. Poppy creates delicate tapestries of widescreen wistfulness using only piano and violin, full of woody percussive loops wound tightly around understated melodies. She teamed up with visual artist Tom Newell, aka Lumen, to create visuals for a live tour of the album, which went down so well that fans demanded it receive a physical release. Here it is.