on 13 April 2004
Sophie Zelmani is really shy. When she performs live, she hides behind her hair, turns her back on the audience, stutters and apologises. Weirdly enough that just adds to her doe-eyed appeal.
The same sort of vulnerability shows through her music: fragile, country-tinged songcraft that sounds as though it should be hummed gently on the front porch on a summer's evening.
To boot, Sophie seems to be that rare beast: a singer-songwriter who both girls and guys like. Friends who normally would be listening to the Hives or the Strokes think she's great, as do those in the Joni Mitchell camp.
So don't be a shy-baby, Sophie - you're doing something right.