One of the most beautiful folk records I’ve heard in a long long time. Kathryn Joseph has a special voice that won’t please everyone, but it stands out among¬†all the recently released folk records. The songs are mostly based on her minimal and repetitive piano playing. The self-released white vinyl is only available through her Bandcamp page and it’s quite expensive, as it is from the UK.¬†However,¬†just listen to these songs and fall in love with this beautiful fragile music.
“On first listen, the songs seem simple enough. Piano parts, often recorded live with ambient pedal/keyboard squeaks, consist of gently sequenced chords, two-note vamps and left-hand arpeggios set against brief right-hand melodies, while subtle percussion affects the delicate moods. Then there’s that voice, somewhere in the middle distance, husky and fractionally behind the beat, a knife-edge whisper with rapid-fire vibrato. As a whole, the album is a completely enveloping experience, a fragile and idiosyncratic musical vision drowned in minor keys.”
Prodigiously talented and criminally underrated; Kathryn is one of Scotland's best-kept secrets. Her voice possesses the other-worldly quality comparable to Ms Newsom and Bj√∂rk; but she is by no means of an ilk. Better compared with Anthony Heggarty; she is an artist in every way; unique and soulful, and at the core a beautiful unnerving truth.
Limited edition 12" pressed onto White Vinyl.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive