With Kate Nash having gone completely off the boil and Lily Allen repeatedly threatening to quit the music industry, the future's looking bleak for Cockney female singer-songwriters.
Fret not though because there's a beacon of hope on the horizon in the form of SPARK. The latest recommendation to be served up by Illegal Tender, the eighteen-year-old singer is a very exciting prospect indeed.
As Carl at Illegal Tender points out, by virtue of being a white female pop artist from London, SPARK will inevitably suffer comparisons to Ms Nash and especially Ms Allen but, in reality, her music bears more of a similarity to that of more leftfield pop artists like The Good Natured or Theoretical Girl.
There are only a few tracks up on her Myspace at present but these serve as a wonderful introduction to an artist with more than one string to her bow. I particularly like 'Revolving' but am perfectly content to settle for a free download of 'Shut Out The Moon'.
SPARK - Shut Out The Moon
[via Illegal Tender]