Justin Nozuka: Holly

New singer-songwriters rarely merit investigation, but it s worth taking note of this Canadian s chart-bound debut. Nozuka – just 18 – has a throaty, soulful and versatile voice, acoustic guitar and poster-boy looks that mark him out as chart fodder immed

New singer-songwriters rarely merit investigation, but it's worth taking note of this Canadian's chart-bound debut.

Nozuka - just 18 - has a throaty, soulful and versatile voice, acoustic guitar and poster-boy looks that mark him out as chart fodder immediately.

Add his acoustic guitar, occasional breaks into Justin Timberlake-style falsetto, and a collection of polished pop-soul, and you get an idea of his crossover appeal.

To nit-pick, some lyrical images are crude, but the summery strum-pop of Golden Train, simple blues-soul of Be Back Soon and acoustic intimacy of Supposed To Grow Old, as well as the hypnotic recent single After Tonight, make that a tiny concern. One to watch. 4/5

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter