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Josephine Foster - No More Lamps in the Morning

by Hayden Harman Rating:7 Release Date:2016-02-05

If there is a working musician today who can accurately be described as transatlantic, it’s Josephine Foster. Those familiar with her work know that it is inspired equally by the American roots music of her native Colorado as well as her many years living and performing in Europe. Her debut solo album, Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You, took inspiration from traditional American folk and blues forms but by her sophomore solo effort, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, she was already looking for inspiration elsewhere; this time from 19th century German Lieder.

Foster currently lives in Spain with her husband and collaborator, guitarist Victor Herrero, who plays Portuguese guitar on all of the tracks on No More Lamps in the Morning. This album falls more the European art song spectrum of her work, sounding like cafe music you’d hear while enjoying tapas and looking at a peaceful sunset in Seville. Foster adds nylon guitar accompaniment as well as her typically beautiful and skillful voice to these art songs. Foster’s voice is distinct and instantly recognizable; like Karen Dalton’s soulful timbre or Joni Mitchell’s earnest vocal acrobatics.

Two of the eight songs take their words from poems by Rudyard Kipling and James Joyce. The rest are reinterpretations of songs previously written and released by Foster. The guitars (and on two tracks, Gyða Valtýsdóttir’s cello) work together, creating a minimal but intricate framework that gently guides these carefully selected songs to the listener’s ears like a Sunday morning breeze. No More Lamps in the Morning is a quality record, one that you could enjoy surrounded by beautiful scenery as well as the intimate comforts of your own home. Definitely recommended.

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