ALBUM REVIEW: Josephine Foster – Domestic Sphere | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 07.04.23







Josephine Foster has been making strange and wonderful records for more than twenty years, as peripatetic in her styles as she seems to be in her life. Domestic Sphere is essentially her and her guitar, but the addition of field recordings (including a snippet of her great-grandmother singing in 1893) and an opiated, fragmented production style make this feel more like a séance or a summoning, something deeply intimate and powerful.

Foster’s voice has always been a curious, marvellous thing – its wafty, ethereal qualities not to everyone’s tastes – and recorded up close and personal here, it’s going to entrance or annoy you (I’m firmly in the former camp). The songs blend and overlap and conjure up something magical and ever-so-slightly alarming.


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