Amsterdam native Pitou – her actual first name and artist name – was intensely focused on classical music in her early youth. She was part of the children’s choir that sang at the christening of the Dutch Princess Amalia. During this period, Pitou travelled with her parents to India and Cameroon where she picked up some cassettes. She only discovered pop and rock at the age of eighteen. As soon as Pitou was able to play a bit of guitar, the songs and admirers quickly ensued. Like Elbow frontman Guy Garvey: ‘It’s not just the improbable voice. The lyrics are also astonishingly good. You can follow them as if you were listening in on a conversation. Very unusual.’ Her intelligent folk pop is often compared to Julia Holter and Laura Marling. Pitou shone in support of Tamino – with whom she performed Debussy’s ‘Clair de Lune’ live – and has been waiting far too long in the starting blocks for the world to open up once more.