Virginia Astley recorded one of, if not the most, unique and beautiful albums of the 1980s. Don't be surprised if you've never heard of her. She's buried in obscurity, at least here in the States. Her earlier material made a splash in the indie charts over in England, and I think she's probably bigger in Japan.
I'm posting her first single, "Love's A Lonely Place To Be". I personally feel these are insightful and honest lyrics, and really sad! Detailing a dreary relationship, the lryics are matched with a pretty saccharine piece of music which has often been described as "Christmasy". If you're put off by her voice (I'm not), then do check out her album "From Gardens Where We Feel Secure," the album that I referred to in the first sentence; it's mostly instrumental. I'm certain till my death that I'll regard it as one of my favorites and play it constantly for my children.
a very detailed website www.virginiaastley.com
Virginia Astley - Love's A Lonely Place to Be.mp3
(if you search her name on my blog you can find a song from Gardens)