When I saw The Civil Wars live back in 2010, I knew I’d hit on a winner. Though they were only a supporting act, they set the stage on fire. The crowds who had been having drinks outside, waiting for the real deal to show up, came flooding in to listen. I’d never heard anything so beautiful and mesmerising in my life. I promptly snapped up their album, Barton Hollow, and lent it to all of my friends, basking in the glory of being a musical connoisseur. Then they won a Grammy and suddenly they weren’t ‘my’ discovery any more and I became just another groupie. Last week their new album, The Civil Wars, came out, and it’s just as brilliant, though slightly darker, than their first. If you’ve never listened to them, you need to! – Rachel