Joseph "I'm Alone, No You're Not'

Maybe it’s genetics or perhaps it’s the patterns picked up growing up in the same household, but there’s no denying it – sibling harmonies are magical. The Andrew Sisters, The Everly Brother, and the Roches matched vocals in such a way that it was difficult to tell one from another. In more recent years we’ve heard it from Haim, The Cactus Blossoms, The Staves, and First Aid Kit. The latest addition to sibling acts is Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner who record as Joseph.

Their second album I’m Alone, No You’re Not, doesn’t fit neatly into any one  genre, but there-in lies part of the beauty of the record. The trio is just as adept at creating a dance song like “SOS (Overboard)” as beautiful folk-based ballads “Planets” and “I Don’t Mind.” Sweet Dream” is a mesmerizing torch ballad featuring harp and melancholy strings. “Canyon” begins with an Americana swagger before it dives into a crevasse of rock anthem production. “White Flag” is a spirited folk anthem to resistance. The sisters, who share songwriting credits, traverse emotional territory that encompasses devotion, passion, and a touch of feisty defiance.

Mike Mogis who produced the Swedish sister act First Aid Kit, steps in to direct the production. He keeps the focus on the sister’s harmonies while creating ethereal music atmospheres that lend a sense of sophistication to the album. Natalie often steps to the forefront with sisters Meegan and Allison flowing into the melody, their rhythms perfectly matching their older sibling. On the gauzy, hypnotic “More Alive Than Dead” the trio’s voices cascades down upon each other, pooling into a glorious rush of harmony.

Rosemary Welsch