The sixth work from Texan Jolie Holland also represents a huge leap in her career. It’s no coincidence that ‘Wind Dark Sea’ (2014) has been at the top of the charts as the best of the year. With this album, Holland maintains her folk style but adds the roughness of the guitar that, combined with her sensitive voice, creates an effect that breaks all genre borders. Of course, she is American – with influences from country, jazz, blues and gospel – but this time around she experiments with risky contradictions that take Holland to an interesting new dimension. The fact that Tom Waits – who she shares a record label with – has been a huge fan since she started out is quite the endorsement.