Whilst I'm about to introduce a certain singer/songwriter, for many already Tristram will need no introduction. Tristram is a predominantly folk style singer/songwriter, whose tender, funny, intelligent lyrics, often narrative, and gorgeous arrangements (often teetering on melancholy and always playful) easily distinguish him from his contemporaries. His Myspace bio is fuckin' painfully, for want of a better word, sweet: "I find life mildly and yet constantly overwhelming. I would like to write songs about tragic and ill-fated love affairs or about notorious outlaws, and sing them from the tops of windswept cliffs, but instead I find myself standing on chairs at house parties and singing songs about my bike. Which may be a contemporary equivalent. These songs are intended as lullabies, for dark and uncertain times." The man is getting plenty of attention lately; the most impressive example of this being that the awesome London-based underground promoters Oh! Inverted World recently set up their own label imprint for the sole purpose of putting out Tristram's debut EP Someone Told Me A Poem, which will drop on the 22nd February and is actually quite brilliant. Anyway, you know someone is good when illustrator, bandstand busking promoter and all around good egg Anika Mottershaw illustrates their video: Tristram and his band will be playing several live shows in January, including a Pure Groove instore, a performance at OIW’s 2nd Birthday show on January 13th, and a headline show at London’s Luminaire on January 18th 2010. A further national tour is, we're assured, very much in the pipeline. It's singer/songwriters like Tristram that I can't get enough of. Understated melodies, thought (unintentionally) thought provoking lyrics and a gorgeous voice capable of real subtlety. We know that if you didn't know him already, now is the perfect time to get acquainted with him; such an intimate performer will always benefit from you being right there in front of him - get there (where-ever there turns out to be for you) early to avoid disappointment. Figuratively and literally. Live shows: 12 January London - Puregroove afternoon in-store 13 January London - Old Queens Head (Oh, Inverted World) 18 January London - The Luminaire Check Tristram out on Myspace