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Music Editorial

kathjoespeh19.jpg Isn’t that Kathryn Joseph?

Indeed it is, peeking out from behind a whole load of beige. What isn’t beige is any goddamn record that she has ever released, including 2018’s startlingly good ‘From When I Wake The Want Is’. She’s at Sage Gateshead in February.

Kathryn Joseph used to work behind the bar in Aberdeen’s popular arts venue The Lemon Tree where she occasionally performed and attracted record company types up from London. She completed some sessions in London but turned down the deal she was offered: she had her own, idiosyncratic furrow to plough. She eventually released her exquisite debut album, ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled’, in 2015, which saw her win the SAY award for Best Scottish Album, beating off competition from Belle and Sebastian, Young Fathers and Paolo Nutini. She followed it last year with the even better ‘From When I Wake The Want Is’ which was a real showcase for her unique sound in which she marries voice, piano and other bits of instrumentation in a way that calls to mind everyone from Swedish innovator Stina Nordenstam to Joanna Newsom to Björk. It’s an album that pitches itself somewhere between fragility and strength, emotional turmoil and seduction, and teases out a strange kind of beauty as it does so. As for her live shows, file under: You Won’t Hear A Pin Drop.

Kathryn Joseph, Tuesday 26 February, Sage Two, Sage Gateshead, 8pm, £13.10. sagegateshead.com