Josienne Clarke + Great Western
The Local Presents Josienne Clarke + Great Western The Local Presents
Wednesday 18th May 2022
@ Aces And Eights Bar
After the release of critically acclaimed album A Small Unknowable Thing last year (which earned four-star reviews from the likes of The Financial Times and MOJO), Clarke set about her next project ‘I promised You Light’. The EP feels deeply personal, with Clarke stripping back her sound and putting her vocals – which BBC6 Music DJ Cerys Matthews described as one that can “trickle back over centuries” – at the forefront of her music. The delicately optimistic songs see Clarke’s songwriting at its most uplifting. “I feel like this EP is a little experiment, a thing that stands on its own. It’s not going to be a case of me never writing a melancholic song again because obviously I will, but maybe I’ll try to balance the message more, because now I can write from a position where I can see both the light and the dark – I can see them both in an equal, more balanced measure. This EP is really the documentation of that realisation.”
North London group Great Western combine poetry, dynamic guitars and cavernous vocals. ‘Pride and decay’ best sumps up their romantically rich music. Not available through streaming platforms.
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