TRACK REVIEW: Joseph Brown – Unread Notes EP | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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The opening song of Joseph Brown’s EP, Parasites, instantly raised a smile, for it has that undeniably punk sound of a dodgy mic set-up at an underground gig and the ever-present threat of feedback screech. For all its rawness and its talk of blood-sucking and cockroaches though, it’s nonetheless delivered in a mellow indie drone, adding to its undercurrent of humour.

This undercurrent is never more apparent than in third track Resolutions, a funky, stripped-back gem and the highlight of the EP, in which Joseph regales us with an account of a winter walk, telling us of the “slush and snow / which soaks my tatty socks”. It’s told with all the seriousness of a Joy Division song and, at the same time, none of it. It is quite fantastic.

 

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