Michael Joseph’s uniquely creative, off-centre approach to jazz and composition makes for a strangely captivating, emotionally light journey that’s as unusual as it is striking and impossible to ignore.
My One And Only Love is an alternative jazz-pop single that celebrates precisely what the title implies. While there’s a decidedly lo-fi aura to the production and presentation style, the song still manages to feel very real and almost live; as if the performance is taking place right there in the room with you.
The vocal effects and the depth and slightly skewed delivery of the notes adds a hint of uncertainty and even darkness to an otherwise quietly optimistic and loyal piece of writing and music. This experimental twang seems to ring loud throughout Michael Joseph’s work, though always in different and unpredictable ways. The Masquerade Ball EP offers an equally unexpected journey through creative freedom and expressive musical rarity.
As a starting point for those new to his work, My One and Only Love makes sense – there’s plenty that satisfies about the sound, the lyrics and the way the music progresses, but at the same time there’s something a little left of the expected about it all, and these same qualities pour through in varying ways throughout his catalogue. An understanding of what works musically is met by a sheer desire to hit with impact and to appeal for uninhibited originality. A job well done.