There’s only two days to go until our next issue launch in Manchester. We’ve got two Guy Garvey endorsed acts on one stellar line-up headlined by Jesca Hoop. First on will be Manchester’s answer to Michael Kiwanuka, Josephine, who Garvey described as “an old soul singer trapped in a young girl’s body”. Last week she performed two songs from her brilliant debut album ‘Portrait’ on Jools Holland and is also set to tour with both Paloma Faith and Roderigo y Gabriella after her intimate show with us. Tickets are only £8 and can still be bought here.
Vocally she’s got a touch of Mahalia Jackson’s distinctive contralto, while dusty vinyl influenced her formative years. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade were in the household collection. Further development came during college years with Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Bob Marley shaping Josephine’s lyrical storytelling. As a result ‘Portrait’ is a brilliant debut with many genres infused within. There’s Ed Harcourt collaborations with stripped back piano on ‘House Of Mirrors’, the contrasting jaunty bossa-nova fast tempo of ‘Pepper Shaker’, and today’s track, the cinematic semi-swing outburst ‘Original Love’.
You can listen to a stream of the full album which premiered on Clash here. The record was put together with the help of Leo Abrahams (Carl Barât, Paolo Nutini, Bret Anderson), Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Ren Harvieu, KT Tunstall) plus a list of renowned musicians including Polar Bear’s drummer Seb Rochford, and the aforementioned Mercury Prize nominee Ed Harcourt. See it live on November 3rd at Deaf Institute in Manchester along with a headline set from Jesca Hoop for just £8 and potentially bag yourself a free copy of the new issue too!
Words by Simon Butcher