Crown Electric is the tenth studio album from Liverpool-born, Newcastle-based singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams, and her first solo record in almost four years. On first listening, you might think this record sits at the poppier end of folk music, and there’s no doubt that the overall sound and polished production add to that impression. But take the time to listen in a little more deeply and a whole other world is revealed, and it’s to be found in the lyrics. Musically, at a time when the world and her sister seem fixated on Americana, it’s a refreshing change to hear songs which aren’t reliant on that particular idiom for inspiration. Kathryn’s flair for picking up often small details from everyday life and turning them into compelling, often melancholic, musings on the human condition is one which few other songwriters have, and it’s that which sets this album apart from the crowd.