Daniela Andrade
Shore EP
Crooked Lid

OK, so she hasn’t actually released an album yet, and this is an album review column. But in these go-get-’em times of self-production and self-promotion, can we ignore the presence of global internet sensation Daniela Andrade simply because of an archaic medium? Instead, let’s appreciate what this 24-year-old Canadian – who will be making her headline debut at Kitec, in Kowloon Bay, on October 15 – has achieved. Andrade’s raw acoustic version of Radiohead’s Creep has notched up more than 12 million hits on YouTube. Her stripped-back performance of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy is deservedly pushing 10 million. Sure it’s a long way from Gangnam Style’s two-billion-plus views, but you don’t get this many hits with a less-than-fabulous repertoire of cover songs. Moving on from the likes of Nirvana and Beyoncé, the dreamy electro-pop of Andrade’s breakout EP, Shore, showcases her blossoming songwriting talent. These four heartfelt songs about the fallout from modern love will hopefully introduce this digitally adored performer to a whole new fan base. And then, perhaps, she’ll release an album.