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Smoke Fairies, ‘Through Low Light 
and Trees’ (year 7)

Tori Amos often dedicates her albums to “the fairies,” but this English folk duo could be the actual embodiment of that flight of fancy. Sussex lasses Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies work a similar contrast between pretty sounds and doomy sentiments (“London churns like it wants me for dead,” they moan in dusky harmony on “Devil in the Mind,” over a backdrop of stoic jingle-jangle). As produced by longtime PJ Harvey cohort Head, Through Low Light is beautifully, elegantly spare — an echo of the forest primeval.