Resident’s number one album last year, as chosen by its staff, was Not Even Happiness, by the American singer/songwriter Julie Byrne. It was her second album, in a slowly gestating career that had been built up in a DIY fashion, by her own hands, so to speak. She even told us mid-way tonight about her very first gig in Brighton, at The Globe pub, with only a handful of chattering punters present, and no PA. In classic needs-must fashion, she slept on the floor of an obliging new friend.
Resident Records’ Album of the Year was Julie Byrne’s Not Even Happiness. So they must surely be super elated by the fact she is swinging by Brighton, on 9th June, for a live performance at St. George’s Church, her only UK date this year. There’s a spectral, drone-like intimacy to her ethereal folk, which should work a treat in this special church venue up Kemptown way.