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Josienne Clarke and Kit Downes - Such a Sky EP (Self Release)

There are voices.. and then there are voices; voices that take us on a journey, where the actual vocal inflections and sonic nuances are infinitely more important than the words themselves. Take for instance Josienne Clarke's multi-layered vocal on the coda of the opening song here, Out of View, where words are no longer required in favour of a mood or a meditation or just a feeling. The five songs on this collaboration EP feature one of the most distinctive voices on the acoustic music scene today, together with the highly inventive musicianship of Kit Downes, which seems to be a match made in Heaven, or even for that matter, a lovely real place. There's a sense that we didn't know how much we wanted this EP. The beautiful melodies on Out of View, Beyond the Green and Undo, each penned by Josienne with Kit helping out on Beyond the Green, together with an exercise in adaptation based on an aria by Mozart - not the easiest of tasks to get one's tonsils around -  and surprisingly, Who Will Buy, a song lifted from Lionel Bart's popular musical Oliver, see Josienne at her plaintive best. Who else does melancholy quite as beautifully as Josienne Clarke? It's a rhetorical question and there's no need to send in your answers on a postcard. Just listen to this and make your life better.

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky