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To say we have a soft spot in our hearts for aspiring singer-songwriters would be an understatement. Tiny Ruins, Nadia Reid, Keeva., Nora Konstanse, Ezequiel de Lima, and many more. A new one to add is Leeds, UK artist Fran Minney. Known for her wild, electric blue hair, Minney’s music is the complete opposite – humble, endearing alt-folk music matched with poignant songwriting, leading to comparisons to Joni Mitchell. But with her deep vocals, brooding style, and eloquet storytelling, she is reminiscent of another hidden gem – Esther Joy Lane – and the dark brilliance of Elena Tonra of Daughter. Yet there is a tenderness in her stories, one of optimism that Natalie Merchant has long exuded for decades.

Take for instance “Rise”, which comes from her debut EP Leaving Bodies, a serene track that bristles with hope for a new day.

Or “Leaving Bodies”, a stunning single that at its heart is redemptive and gritty. It’s reminiscent of Angel Olsen‘s honest yet endearing style. The remix of the song is also quite spectacular, transforming this folk-pop tune into an electro-pop dream.

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From these tracks, it is easy to understand why she’s already an acclaimed singer-songwriter within Leeds and area with the likes of BBC Newcastle and BBC Yorkshire playing her music. It won’t be long before Tom Robinson of BBC 6 will be spinning on her tracks on his weekly radio program.

Purchase Fran Minney’s Leaving Bodies on her Bandcamp page. Check out her website for any new updates and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



Fran Minney - illustration by Kate NewmanIllustration by Kate Newman

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