The music of preternaturally talented neo-folk singer Flo Morrissey recalls the hazy heyday of Laurel Canyon in the '60s but also the freak folk revival of the 2000s, which is when she first discovered this sound as a child in London. Music was around her house -- her father was a fan of Devendra Banhart -- and Morrissey gravitated toward it. She began writing songs when she was 14, uploaded originals to MySpace over the next few years and, when she turned 17, left school to pursue music full-time.
Palace (Leo Wyndham, Rupert Turner, Will Dorey and Matt Hodges) is a London-based quartet with a canny sense of all eras of rock, blues and reggae — their eclectic influences include Jeff Buckley, Otis Redding, John Martyn, and Wu Lyf. The four friends from Dorset and Brighton have known each other for years and that easy camaraderie is evident in their debut album, called So Long, Forever.