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A heartfelt, genre-bending combination of jazz, soul, pop, and electro, UK singer, songwriter and multi-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 a found 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 and warm soundscapes the singer, songwriter and producer presents throughout the album. At home in various genres – from jazz to soul, from downbeat to outright pop –, Pete Josef just knows how to capture the warm glow of different spheres, how to present this special kind of light in various unique frames: “Colour” is comprised of 11 sonic snapshots, and one can tell right away how deeply personal they are, how much room he’s given these ideas to mature over time.

Prior to releasing his first EP in September 2015, also called “Colour,” Pete Josef, who cut his teeth in Bristol’s buzzing music scene, already shared stages with musical greats such as Roni Size and Kelis. A few years back he formed The White Lamp, a duo with Darren Emerson (Underworld), and their single “Make It Good” turned out a proper club hit. After Berlin-based Sonar Kollektiv licensed the track in 2012, Josef joined many of the label’s artists in the studio, contributing both vocals and his unique songwriting skills to tracks by Alex Barcks, Paskal & Urban Absolutes, Marlow, and Sascha Braemer. His most recent collaboration with ComixXx, “Broken Connection,” acclaimed by German Noisey/Vice, exudes the same kind of warmth and intimacy as his forthcoming full-length.

Although the singer, who currently lives in a cottage in rural Somerset, says that nature is indeed a 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 both good and bad, though one can tell that he never gives up hope for an even brighter, more colourful future. What’s more, Josef’s certainly no purist: He effortlessly blends jazz and his very own, shape-shifting take on pop, and when it’s time for some soul flavours, there’s not even a hint of irony, no cool façade – which makes him sound like an artist from the sixties or seventies rather than some hip post-R&B kid.

The combination of pure, heartfelt bliss, mixed with dashes of melancholy and nostalgia, is already in the air on album opener “Spring At Last”: piano loops, soon underpinned by bass, live drums, strings, while Pete and his vocal guest Marie Lister (who sings on five tracks) praise the “beauty of spring”. After his majestic “Mistress,” all horns and stadium-ready, almost crooner-type pop, “Move On” is another one about relationships: “I won’t lie to you I’m sad,” he confesses over playful guitars and sweet rim-shots.

Completely self-penned, self-recorded and produced, Pete Josef heads into many different sonic spheres over the course of “Colour”’s 11 tracks: There’s introspective, night-time minimalism (“Night Gospel,” “Running In Series”) and exuberant vocal jazz – the bossa-fuelled “Travelling Song,” for example, and his mantra-like “Life Your Life” (his advice: “live it well”) –, and there’s also a track like “Hope,” epically arranged and based around a poem by Emily Dickinson: At first, his stunning voice has plenty of room for itself, until the track spreads its wings and takes off majestically like some composition by The Cinematic Orchestra.

And yet, this voice sounds altogether different on “Many Signs,” almost like a latter-day Stevie Wonder, until he once again shows his love for beats on the tropically hot “Something Good”. The album ends with pure bliss – the title track “Colour”: “Wonder why/walking through flowers/it makes me high.” It’s true and soothing: Beauty lies in simple things.
It’s easily the soundtrack to this year’s Indian summer: “Colour” refracts and pools the warm afterglow of many years, and it burns brighter with each listen.

credits

released October 23, 2015

All songs written by Pete Josef, except Live Your Life, written by Roshan Wijetunge, Justin Fellows, Rory Francis, Marie Lister and Pete Josef.

Musicians:

Drums: Tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11, Justin ‘Captain’ Fellows.
Track 4, Greg Freeman
Percussion: Tracks 5, 6 and 10, Rory Francis
Double bass: Tracks 5 and 11, Roshan ‘Tosh’ Wijetunge
Track 2, Si John
Track 4, Jon ‘Shorty’ Short
Section horns: Saxes on tracks 1, 2, 5, 6 & 7, Ben Plocki
Tenor Sax tracks 1 and 7, John Pratt
Trumpet on tracks 1 and 2, and solo on Hope, Nick Malcolm
Trumpet on track 2, Jonny Bruce

Backing / additional vocals:
Tracks 1, 4, 5, 6 and 10, Marie Lister

Violin and Viola: Track 1, Emma Hooper

All other instruments, vocals and programming, Pete Josef.

All tracks produced by Pete Josef.

All tracks mixed by Greg Freeman, except for 3 and 11, mixed by Paul Corkett.




Product management by Oliver Glage.
Mastered by Calyx Mastering, Berlin.
Artwork by Frohe Zukunft Export.

Exclusively licensed from PETE JOSEF.

(P) & (C) 2015 Sonar Kollektiv. SK306CD/illicity. LC01200. GEMA. Made in the EU. All rights reserved.
www.sonarkollektiv.com

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Pete Josef Bristol, UK

Pete Josef has always been a soul boy at heart, but his Multi-instrumental skill's have led him into some interesting situations.  He has for years been recording and playing live with with Roni Size and Reprazent, and fronts and co-produces the lo-fi house duo White Lamp with Darren Emerson (underworld). As album two is already bubbling in his mind, his focus now will be his new live trio. ... more

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Track Name: Spring At Last
Open your eyes, look around you
Feel the breeze on your face and breath in
Find the day, find it as it is
Find the beauty of spring rush in
Track Name: Mistress
Peace of mind she gave me
I just want to sleep at night and not worry
Rest my mind

As she puts me in dreams for a while
Charms me with lies
She’s a mermaid, a mistress, and time
She’s all mine

Take my arms and scold me
I will fall down to my knees and praise thee
So much beauty

As you tempt me away from my life
Resist you I might
But one so pretty and shiny and bright
You delight

Take my soul, so heavy
Twist it, stir it and make me happy
Save my mind

Are you a devil, a sinner of kinds
Don’t leave me behind
With your exit the story will die
And we will fade in time
Track Name: Night Gospel
Was it you, or was it me
Did I let this situation slip away unnoticed

What to say, and what to do
Did I fall or walk as a willing subject of loves sweet way

And we could be flying high right now
And we could be seeing all around
And we could be flying high right now
Into the light
Track Name: Move On
If you think it’s stormy now
Better look before you walk on over
Times before we’ve found
Your body, mind, it all takes over

If you think your catching cold
Better rest a while and try recover
If the feeling just won’t go..

Move on, move on, move on

I won’t lie to you I’m sad
Cause I always thought we had a future
A lot of fun was had
But there’s only so much I can give you

In some way’s I want to leave this place
But I’ve found so much of me is in here
As it’s not the same for you my dear..

Move on, move on, move on

I’m still your man
Till my heart as given itself over
Till my head, my mouth, my hands,
Have found the strength to dare to wonder

Wonder are there anymore
Cause my soul will one day search for another
And at that time..

I’ll move on, move on, move on
Track Name: Live Your Life
Live your life, live it well
Track Name: The Travelling Song
I would follow you home
But you don’t know the way to go home
I would follow you home
But you don’t know the way to go home

I’ll go take the low road
And you go take the high road
I will go my own way
And you, you go yours

We will see where we all end up in time
Maybe then we’ll know just how we played it and why
Conscience does take our minds, don’t worry I do often check mine
It’s not this one you want to concentrate on, I’m fine

And some day I’m gonna fly, fly, fly
Off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see

I’ll go chase the rainbow
Take me to that warm glow
I will find my own way
And you, you’ll find yours
Track Name: Hope
Hope, by Emily Dickinson

Hope is the things with feathers that perches in the soul
Sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all

And sweetest in the gale is heard, and sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird that kept so many warm

I’ve heard it in the chilliest land, and on the strangest sea
Yet never in extremity, it asked a crumb of me
Track Name: Running In Series
Taking on life as it comes
Taking it in all the wrong ways one can
Living out days and nights
Running in reckless circles and tighter lines

Running in series
Running in parallel
Running from me
Running from yourself

Whether to fly, or fight
Meeting so many no ones, so many times
Knowing that love will come
Whether it’ll land on your doorstep or make you run

Running in series
Running in parallel
Running from me
Track Name: Many Signs
Many signs of a leaving lover
But you fool yourself blind
Letting go isn’t easy either
But for you it is time

You seem to know his mind
And I’m sure you’re, you’re not really
As unaware as you seem
For now you’re happy just to be with him

Chorus

She’ll find happiness in someone else’s arms
I hope she does, for all her charms..
Amount to more than you know
So take a moment to realize what you’ve got now before it’s gone

Chorus

So you better kick that love
Why can’t you see that you are blind to the signs
Girl use some of the sense that you are blessed with
Track Name: Something Good
It’s gonna be somethin good
It’s gonna be poetry you see
It’s gonna be somethin sweet
Now you really got me

You look at the stars
Bathed in the white light that’s shining out from them
While we, closer to be, we’re solid and free
Bound and on the road ascend
And the way that you can take me up to dizzy highs
You know it feels like you are the one

Chorus

I lay in my room, feeling the new, feeling cupids smile descend
Please don’t wait, renew in us now, cause I know we found something with a worthy end
So I never really had the chance to get to know
At the time but when eventually your colour’s showed
It don’t take much to see the truth, all the strings I had I used
And whatever joy I found before I got in you, and I want you to know