Kathryn Joseph | The Outtakes
- A video by O.D Davey -
words by tom johnson
There’s a story and it goes a little bit like this. One year ago today Kathryn Joseph’s ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled‘ got the full release it deserved. Unveiled on vinyl via Glasgow’s Hits The Fan Record, the astonishing album was preceded with a video shared on this very website and would go on to win not only the most cherished of hearts that spent some time with it but also something more tangible in the form of the much-coveted Scottish Album of the Year award.
In among this passing of time, O.D Davey, a similarly affecting songwriter as Joseph, released a beautiful record of his own which, as fate would have it, ended up in Joseph’s lap. A mutual artistic respect between the two flourished and resulted in a friendship which, in turn, resulted in another new video, for The Outtakes, arriving one year on from that first, breath-taking, unveiling.
Created from numerous videos sourced from fans from all over the world, submitted to the project at Joseph’s request, the finished film is something darkly moving and poignant. Stifling in the skewed presentation of it all, Davey’s film is weird, wonderful and a perfect companion to ‘The Outtakes‘ – the tumbling, crumbling centre-piece of Joseph’s album. Based around a repetitive wave of piano, and the odd adornments of percussive noise, the track is instantly airless, a moment of suppressed foreboding drawn out and out until the weight of what it holds feels almost immoveable. Coupled with Davey’s new film, it makes for a captivating and evocative seven minutes that feels both significant and immensely powerful.
Watch it and then re-watch it below.