“It sort of happened almost by accident,” Stevie Parker says of her burgeoning pop career. “I just happened to start writing a song for myself out of latent curiosity.” And it just so happened that Stevie was really good at writing woozy lovelorn pop you’d be just as happy dancing as weeping to under your duvet for several days. Her heartache coloured EP, Blue, is a velveteen taster of things to come in 2017 – as is the fact that she recorded her upcoming album with Winehouse-collaborator Jimmy Hogarth. When heartbreak sounds this good, why be happy?

OF 2017