The East End Coast soul star Joesef releases his highly anticipated debut album Permanent Damage, out now on AWAL.
Representing the multilayers of the Scottish singer’s character and heart, over the past two years we have all witnessed an artist who has grown from bedroom pop to master and co-producer of new soul born from new heartbreak. Writing songs that are nakedly, wrenchingly honest, but with a sense of humour that “underlines the harsh punchline”, Permanent Damage is a transportive, moving and soulful body of work (i-D), which digs deeper into heartbreak with each listen, and the permanent damage left by lost love. In a recent Making Of the blistering “East End Coast” video and special BBC Radio 1 and BBC Scotland Documentary “I Think I Miss Glasgow”, Joesef discusses his hometown of Glasgow, which acts as the point that he always returns to in Permanent Damage, as the Scottish artist grapples with leaving home, “I’ll always Miss Glasgow”.
“I’ve always found it quite difficult to find peace in myself. Always moving, always thinking, always dreaming, always searching. Until I started making music it was the more destructive aspects of my personality that took over in order to cope with an ever changing landscape of feeling I couldn’t maintain control of.
Permanent Damage is about fighting in the street on the way home, kissing in the taxi, having nothing to say in the morning. holding grief in your hands and carrying it with you indefinitely. There is a permanence in what we went through together and it’s affected the way I carry myself and the way I see the world. It’s about grieving for a version of myself that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get back.” – Joesef
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