Double-Life Taxi (Red Mountain Records)
A Hong Kong-based label found Neil Cousin jobbing around Britain as a support act and decided to sign him on.
It was an inspired decision. Cousin - who has sometimes played under the moniker White Rabbit - says he's been inspired by Lou Reed (musically) and Leonard Cohen (lyrically). And that much is obvious on Double-Life Taxi.
Cousin's act comprises equal parts strumming guitars and winsome words. But he's also steeped in the low-key pop traditions of the likes of the Go-Betweens.
That's pretty high praise but on the languid Hotel everything falls in place. Cousin gathers his influences and makes something entirely his own.
Double-Life Taxi is an accomplished effort from a musician who has obviously paid his dues.