Here's something very different for you guys. I saw Golden Fable opening for Charlotte Church last year, but lazily slept on their album Star Map despite buying it on the night. The last few weeks have seen that remedied.
Now don't go expecting bombastic vocals, or anything that is going to immediately knock you off of your feet. The female half of the group, Rebecca Palin, does indeed have a beautiful voice, but it's a soprano that is soft and feminine, not aggressive or showy- listen to Sugarloaf, Always Golden and The Chill Pt.1 to get an immediate taster. The music is also different to the pop/Rnb I regularly scribe about, being folksy and sweet with an almost choral quality to the vocals.
Star Map is an album I've nonetheless quickly fallen in love with, being a consistent companion whenever I read on in the Abarat series. In fact, it's kinda become the official music of the magical land, scoring it perfectly. Even without that connection, though, considering how enraptured I was watching the duo perform, I'm sure I would have fallen for the album all the same.
Perhaps some of you guys will enjoy it too. Even if not, I had to make a post on them. Will definitely be following Golden Fable more closely from now on.
Oh, and one of personal favorites on the album is the meandering closer, Restless Souls- though it features a male vocal (which isn't a bad thing!) on lead. It's simply sublime.