Interview With Joseph & David
HUSHED AND FRAGILE NOUVEAU BRO-FOLK
Joseph & David are, rather unsurprisingly, David Henshaw and Joseph Lawrenson, and have been writing music together for two years now, dividing their time between Cardiff and their hometown of Leeds. When performing live, they are joined by a host of friends – as pictured in Tom Airey’s portrait here – who provide additional piano, guitar, vocals, accordion, drums and violin to reconstruct the full, powerful sounds of their records. Their live performances in 2011 have seen the band gather plauditary momentum as a result of a full UK tour supporting Benny Franny Lefty as well as slots playing with the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, Peggy Sue and Foy Vance. They also made a triumphant debut appearance at SWN Festival in October.
Their debut EP – So Short of Time – was a charming introduction to this talented duo, and with their second EP – Rise Up The Sun – produced, like every other record that seemingly comes out of Leeds, by James Kenosha and released this month, they show how they have developed and expanded their sound by creating a mature record that is both captivating and rewarding. Fans of Bon Iver will admire David’s stunning vocals as he drifts from sweet, delicate hushed whisperings (Sleepy Heart) to roaring intensity (Falling Wood), whereas fans of Beirut and Devendra Banhart are likely to be enticed by the rich, varied depth of the instrumentation throughout.
You can download Falling Wood here. Like the best things in life (and shoplifted crisps), it’s completely free.