Melodica, Melody and Me should be filed under….and therein lies the problem. This young South London four piece have such a beguilingly and unique sounds that they demand a purpose built category of their own. Having toured with Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, Bombay Bicycle Club and Johnny Flynn, it’s little wonder that they’re often shoved into the nu-folk box. But it’s an uncomfortable categorization that barely scratches the surface of their rich and truly international sound. It’s worth pausing for thought and considering that the bulk of Melodica Melody and Me’s substantial success has been based solely on the steady, heavy gigging word of mouth route to selling out shows. Attempting a balancing act of band pursuits and full time education in the last three years Melodica Melody and Me have hit up the festival circuit, playing to major crowds at Camp Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Electric Picnic, Cambridge Folk Festival, Lounge on the Farm, Green Man and even headlining the Club Dada stage at Bestival. Its only recently that they have had time to finish their much anticipated debut album and release two singles with the backing of Everybody’s Stalking Records. With a solid UK fanbase in place, high profile press and radio plaudits and youth still on their side, they’re positioned to become one of the hottest new acts of 2012. More importantly, they have proven musical intellect and vision to carry themselves above and beyond any passing trend. When nu-folk is just a distant memory, Melodica, Melody and Me will still be defining their own sound – whatever it might be.