Scout Niblett deserves to be a star just on the strength of her name. Born Emma Niblett, she adopted “Scout” as a performing moniker because of an obsession with the leading character in the Southern saga “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
The South turns up in her music too, which is equally delectable. Though British, Niblett channels a sleepy sort of blues, sounding at times as if whiskey or weepy romance is about to get the better of her. She favors eccentric instrumentation, sometimes accompanying her voice with only drums, in a way that recalls a sadder, slower version of a riot grrrl group. She also has a distinct DIY, lo-fi ethic, a trait she shares with The Cannanes, the legendary Australian group for whom she will open on their upcoming Japan tour.