Pete Josef - I Rise With The BirdsSonar Kollektiv
Hard to believe it's been five years since "Colours", the debut from Bristol native Pete Josef debuted. The fact that it was such a strong debut combined with some notable side projects allowed us to enjoy his music long after the release. That wasn't all to the extended break however. Josef felt it was necessary to step away and focus on family. The break rekindled his love for music and that renewed passion is on display here. "I Rise With The Birds" is a brillant record filled with an array of soul, pop and folk compositions. Josef sits in the production chair and surrounds himself with some of Bristol's promiment musicians here and they rise to the task at hand. "Night Eyes" blossoms with melodic keys that stroke the heartstrings while Marie Lister's vocals are a perfect match for Josef. "Giants" has a little bit of everything, an infectious groove, soulful horns and swirling strings. "Mainframe" is equally worthy of dance floor spins. It's also co-written by Jazzanova's Alex Barck. The honey toned vocalist has struck gold again with a lp worthy of repeated listens.
Reg Dancy, 01/21