Following the success of Historical Record vol. 1&2 in May and the continuing lack of it in a pandemic torn arts industry Josienne Clarke is back with another set of rare archive demos and offcuts. This time they are all from the period leading up to the release of 2019’s critically acclaimed solo album ‘In AllWeather’
‘Historical Record vol. 3&4 Learning to Sail’ takes up where vol. 1&2 left off, it contains rough sketches, studio demos and alternative band arrangements of some of the standout songs from In All Weather. This collection includes previously unheard material and studio outtakes that capture some of Josienne’s quint essential sarcasm that audiences will recognise from her live performances. This latest release comes courtesy of label Corduroy Punk who boast an“acerbic, aggressive, atypical aesthetic” whilst also being “not a real label” their roster contains as many as 1 artist, bringing you the finest cuts of delicate irreverence packaged with a voice that could slice your heart open as soon as soothe your soul.
The collection closes with 3 alternate versions and one unreleased song rejected from the final album played by friends of Josienne and accomplished Jazz musicians -Kit Downes (piano) Ruth Goller (Bass) Andy Button (Guitar) James Maddren (Drums) The last of which is ‘Empty Hands’ a heart-wrenching torch song of broken defiance that never made it onto the official release.“It was kind of sad that it didn’t make it on to the album in the end, but it just didn’t quite fit stylistically with the others and I take the shape and journey of an album arc very seriously so it had to wait. I felt it was a great song and would get its moment eventually and I guess that’s now” explains Josienne
Josienne Clarke is working on new material to form the basis of an album to be released sometime in 2021, she continues to plot an interesting and unprecedented course through the questionable terrain of the current music industry. She is also branching out into new areas of endeavour including writing her own press releases in the third person to lend them a loftier sense of gravitas and external validation.
‘Historical Record vol. 3&4 – Learning to sail’ out exclusively on Bandcamp September 4th, not available on streaming platforms #fixstreaming #BrokenRecord bandcamp