One Little Indian – 2005 – 45 minutes

With the release of her debut album, 'Scissors in My Pocket', Polly Paulusma proves that she isn't just a singer-songwriter, she's also a storyteller.

The Cambridge-educated Paulusma did have ambitions to be a writer before turning her attention to music and her literary talent shows in her mature and incisive lyrics. 'Dark Side', 'Mea Culpa' and 'One Day' highlight this depth of creativity in particular, crafting intriguing songs that pass for short stories set to music.

Paulusma cites Joni Mitchell and Paula Cole as inspirations for her work and their presence is felt in the folk/pop style here. The album design is even reminiscent of one of Mitchell's album covers.

'Scissors in My Pocket' is very light on production, allowing Paulusma's melodious voice to create the music for the most part. The album is an understated affair, and all the better for it.

Katie Moten

Tracklisting: Dark Side – I Was Made To Love You – One Day – She Moves In Secret Ways – Over The Hill – Carry Me Home – Mea Culpa – Give It Back – Anywhere From Here – Perfect 4/4 – Something To Remember Me By