Friday 28 May 2021

Shimmer: debut album from Brixton-based singer-songwriter Josiah Mortimer

Josiah Mortimer: Shimmer
Earlier this year, I covered the release of an EP by my local, Brixton-based singer/songwriter Josiah Mortimer, and now he has released a complete album Shimmer. His debut album, recorded entirely at home during lockdown, Shimmer consists of nine acoustic-based tracks reflecting on the past year – with many written in the height of London’s latest lockdown, this February. It was recorded from Josiah’s South London flat, and mixed/mastered by Washington-based producer Greg Pierce.  Josiah – who is originally from Cornwall – plays acoustic guitar, kalimba, bass, mandolin, and all vocal parts on the album.

Josiah draws on acoustic and folk influences including Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell and John Martyn, to provide a musical diary of the emotional turmoil of the past year – with themes of isolation, as well as unity and hope. 

All funds from Shimmer will go to Global Justice Now, which is campaigning for greater global access to Covid vaccines. Further details from Josiah Mortimer's Bandcamp page with a video at Distrokid, and Shimmer will be available on all streaming platforms and services.


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