JOSEPH I’m Alone, No You’re Not

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - CLAY­TON-LEA

Named after their grand­fa­ther, as well as a homage of sorts to his home town of Joseph, Ore­gon, Portland sis­ters Natalie, Al­li­son and Mee­gan Clos­ner tipped around (odd jobs in bak­ery and gro­cery stores for twins Al­li­son and Mee­gan, play­ing mostly house gigs for Natalie) un­til last year when they signed to ATO Records. Pro­duced by Mike Mo­gis (one-time house pro­ducer with Sad­dle Creek, erst­while home to Bright Eyes, Rilo Ki­ley, et al), the trio’s de­but for the la­bel is har­mony heaven for those miss­ing Scan­di­na­vian sis­ter act, First Aid Kit (which Mo­gis has also pro­duced). If one was cyn­i­cal, you might de­scribe Joseph as Se­cond Aid Kit, such is the sim­i­lar­ity of the sound, but once you get over this you re­alise just how evoca­tive Joseph’s mu­sic is. Ul­ti­mately? Pleas­ant, but not much more than that. the­band­ TONY

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