Kathryn Joseph is a Scottish singer-songwriter with a powerful voice and a bold vision. Her dramatic performances are impossible to ignore: indeed, they reach right for the gut of the listener. Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled is her debut album, initially released last year after a crowdfunding campaign but now pressed to white vinyl and released more widely by Hit The Fan.
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It's about midday on a bleak November day. Almost dark outside. Wind and rain is cold but this album is sounding pretty darn apt.
Kathryn Joseph is a Scottish singer songwriter to actually won the Scottish Album of the Year in 2015 beating the likes of Runrig and Rod Stewart (joke!) and I think this is the first time this has come out on vinyl and if you like bleak autumnal songwriting you are going to enjoy it. Joseph has one of those voices that quivers like Cocorosie or any of the other ladies who have trembled since but it oscillates over some pretty nice almost neo-classical compositions. The opening one two of 'The Bird' and 'The Blood' are lovely things with the sort of piano-led backing that would not upset the likes of Nils Frahm or Max Richter had they come up with it.
But despite the delicate background sounds this is an album all about Joseph's voice. On several tracks she get's it pretty damn right especially on 'The Outakes' where you can here the pedals of the piano clipping away before some bowed cymbal adds atmosphere to the gliding voice. Due to these vocals inflections it's hard to pick out individual lyrics - they seem to appear in snapshots out of the gloom. Also impressive is that the album retains a neo classical feel yet certain songs expand the sound with drums so that it's not all vocals/piano without bludgeoning the delicate compositions to death.
You can really hear why it has won awards and why we've sold so many copies. It's just kind of enjoyably sad. Just like most weeks here at the towers.
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