Jo Harman: Found A Place EP

Five stunners from the voice of the moment.

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It’s a sign of a great artist when even their stopgaps leave you spellbound.

Found A Place may be a low-key amuse-bouche to precede Jo Harman’s all-guns-blazing second album, but it finds the singer at her most dazzlingly intimate, mostly backed by a piano, confident enough in those magnificent pipes not to decorate them with bouzoukis or nose flutes.

By the time you read this, there’ll be a deluxe edition with a DVD. For now, we have five songs. Lend Me Your Love is a stunning, stately opener, while Two Shades Of Hope (by Irish musician Foy Vance) is shiveringly vulnerable. The title track is darker, with haunted-house piano backing Harman’s cri de coeur, and by the time she rescues Cat Stevens’ Father And Son from Boyzone’s clutches, you’ll be so covered in goosebumps you’ll resemble a Lincoln biscuit.

Henry Yates

Henry Yates has been a freelance journalist since 2002 and written about music for titles including The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Metal Hammer. He is the author of Walter Trout's official biography, Rescued From Reality, a music pundit on Times Radio and BBC TV, and an interviewer who has spoken to Brian May, Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Wood, Dave Grohl, Marilyn Manson, Kiefer Sutherland and many more.