Updated: Aug 4
After the release of the indie-pop number "Burner", 19-year-old emerging artist Josie Proto is back with her debut body of work "Pub Songs: Volume 1" EP. Today, Josie presents five quirky, fun-loving and tongue-in-cheek tracks which highlight the young talents clever use of conversational storytelling.
Throughout 2020 Josie has been steadily forging a path for herself, with her endearing a playful approach to music instantly capturing the attention of millions (as well as Lily Allen) via her confidence-inducing track “BTEC Lily Allen”, which rapidly went viral across Tik Tok.
Josie’s witty lyrical style – delivered in a quintessentially British manner – shines across the EP, capturing teenage experiences through her sharp, amusing songwriting from a more matured, reflective angle. Paying full attention to all details of her craft, Josie skilfully brings these themes to light through the production’s usage of childish, naive, simple sounds; Game Boy synths and dinky pianos coated over toy-like drum beats.
Of the EP, Josie explained: “PUB SONGS: Volume 1 is a collection of angsty teenage pop songs in essence. Some of the songs were written when I was about 16 and others were written recently, but all of them will remind you of alcopops and crushes! I like to think that the songs in PUB SONGS really are a summation of my teen years and also of my personality. There are songs about escapism and wanting to run away and there are songs about hating the words ‘I Love You’; some are happy, some are angry and some are just plain moany! I think they feel like reading a bit of a diary that I used to keep or maybe a collation of phone conversations with best friends.”
Inspired by the vulnerability of Carole King and Nina Simone as well as the everyday relatability of Madness, at just 19 years old the British teen is taking all these formative sounds and experiences somewhere new.
“Imagine a 2k20 female version of Ray Davies and you'd be close, with Josie Proto charming at every turn.” – CLASH
“Proto continues to shine through her style of conversational lyrics and occasionally tongue-in-cheek delivery.” – EARMILK