Alan Pownall has been hovering on the edge of my consciousness for a while now. He got pushed further in, when he got bigged up by Marcus Mumford after a support slot at the Borderline gig last month. Then this week, two mp3s arrived. One which shows off a nice line in downtempo acoustic folkiness, as you might expect from a man who moves in the London scene that includes the likes of Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale, Jay Jay Pistolet and the Mumfords themselves. The other is a frankly confusing remix of his recent single Clara. To be honest, there are better tracks on Alan’s myspace, but they’ll do as a sort of introduction. He’s good, and if you’re in London town, check him out for free tonight (short notice I know) at the Gap ‘pop up store’ in Kingly Court (off Carnaby Street), or at an upcoming residency at Pure Groove in October.
Clara is out now on Young and Lost. Buy from Y&L.