A heartfelt, genre-bending combination of jazz, soul, pop, and electro, UK singer, songwriter andmulti-instrumentalist Pete Josef releases his debut album “Colour” this fall via Sonar Kollektiv.
The title Pete Josef picked for his debut full-length just couldn’t be more appropriate: Like afound collection of analogue photographs, sepia-tinged and covering some beautiful, intense trip,the essence of “Colour” indeed lies in its manifold shades and hues, the colourfully rich andwarm soundscapes the singer, songwriter and producer presents throughout the album. At homein various genres – from jazz to soul, from downbeat to outright pop –, Pete Josef just knowshow to capture the warm glow of different spheres, how to present this special kind of light invarious unique frames: “Colour” is comprised of 11 sonic snapshots, and one can tell right awayhow deeply personal they are, how much room he’s given these ideas to mature over time.
Although the singer, who currently lives in a cottage in rural Somerset, says that nature is indeeda huge inspiration, “Colour” isn’t about physiographical details at all: Joined by a dozen friends,various drummers, double bass and wind players, he deals with emotional states, sentiments bothgood and bad, though one can tell that he never gives up hope for an even brighter, morecolourful future. What’s more, Josef’s certainly no purist: He effortlessly blends jazz and hisvery own, shape-shifting take on pop, and when it’s time for some soul flavours, there’s not evena hint of irony, no cool façade – which makes him sound like an artist from the sixties orseventies rather than some hip post-R&B kid.
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