Kathryn Joseph: From When I Wake (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Kathryn Joseph: From When I Wake

credit: Andy Catlin

Beautiful, intimate show from the Scottish Album of the Year winner

From When I Wake The Want Is is Kathryn Joseph's second album, and for three nights at Summerhall, she brings its bewitching beauty to life. Some songs on the album are old and some are new, but played together in sequence, you get a sense of how they all fit together to tell the story of her world.

A stage set designed by James Johnson has multiple mirrors, allowing us to see Joseph from every angle, even when she's turned to her piano. Although the show is slickly produced, the mirrors highlight the raw emotion on Joseph's face as she sings. It's so rare to sit quietly for an hour and listen to a full album, but it's a delight to do so in Joseph's company. Her unusual voice has often been compared to Joanna Newsom, and that comparison is never more evident than during the ethereal 'Safe' or the haunting title track. However, it would be a disservice to Joseph to think of her solely in terms of other artists; she has a voice and style that is distinctly her own, and this show brings it all together, from the incredible honesty of her lyrics, to the otherworldly, atmospheric lighting.

Fans of Joseph shouldn't miss this show, and it's the perfect introduction to anyone who's yet to discover her unique talents.

Summerhall, until 15 Aug, 8pm, £14.

Kathryn Joseph – From When I Wake

  • 4 stars

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