Review: Josephine - Portrait
Manchester’s Josephine Oniyama's rise to stardom continues, with her latest masterpiece that is Portrait, which is due to be released on Monday (25th February 2013).
A portrait: a painting drawn by yourself or perhaps by someone else. Today's society instinctively paints stereotypes from when we are tiny. With Josephine's Portrait, the first impressions are that Josephine wonders whether or not we have metaphorically painted a portrait of her as the glamorous, successful artist that it was perhaps her fate to become, using our forever critical public eye.
The mood created within Josephine's Portrait is one of question, made up of just a few lyrics and rhythmic beats, which is all it requires. The repetitive yet gripping lyrics and beats act as an imitation to the reoccurring thoughts that appear to crop up in Josephine's mind as an artist. It is as if she is searching for an answer as to whether or not fate deemed her to singing, or if she is in fact, a portrait of what she is "supposed to be". And "How would [she] know?" for once she was a mere figure of the large public eye, judging artists of her generation, prior to abruptly entering the buzzing world of fame.
A quicker start initiates Portrait in comparison to her other well known single What A Day, and similarly to her other well-known song, Original Love. Portrait uses a combination instruments such as the guitar and delicate drums throughout it.
Portrait gives off an Adele-like vibe, making it instantly likeable. However, Josephine retains her admirable originality with her husky tones and a voice made up entirely of pure soul, singing about exactly what concerns her, such as society and their image of what the correct manner of a thriving artist like Josephine is supposed to resemble, making the song even more fantastic.
It was apparent with What A Day that Josephine was on a journey of some sort, so perhaps Portrait marks a phase in Josephine’s journey where she is continuing to embrace her soul and completely find her image as an artist. The slow pace of Portrait adds to the song’s impressiveness, giving the idea that Josephine is getting nearer to locating her exact position in the music industry as herself: or the ‘Queen of Gospel’, as she has been frequently referred to.
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