Joesef – Permanent Damage

Joesef - Permanent Damage



4.1/5 Pros

  • Nice range of tracks
  • Very present voice
  • Fluent listen Cons

  • ... even though there are a few weaker tracks

Especially when you take in my that Scottish artist Joesef is just fully active since 2019, it is really amazing that some songs by the young artist have been streamed more than or about 30 million times with a single song. Permanent Damage is his debut album, its release date is 13th January 2023.


Joesef – About The Artist

Joesef is an artist from Garthamlock in Scotland, right North of Glasgow. He grew in the music scene around the King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut club in Glasgow. In the meantime, he moved to London and also supported acts like Rina Sawayama or Paolo Nutini on their tours. Regarding Spotify streams, his most popular song so far is Thinking of You.


Joesef – Permanent Damage – Track by Track

The thirteen track album lasts 46 minutes.

1. Permanent Damage

The album-naming track rather feels like an intro, using some gentle sounds, a lot of strings and some plushy atmosphere.

2. It’s Been A Little Heavy Lately

After these introductory 3:42 minutes, Joesef is presenting four single releases in a row. It’s Been A Little Heavy Lately. The song is a nice pop track with a strong rhythm and a nice groove. It already comes with some seven million streams on Spotify only. The song feels modern without being too progressive. Nice one.

3. East End Coast

Apart from the ninth track of the album, Joe, this one has been the most recent single release from the album. The album feels a bit of dream-ish, but also has a nice flow. Joesef’s voice is incredibly gentle in this context.

4. Just Come Home With Me Tonight

A touch of soul, a nice groove and a nice rhythm – Just Come Home With Me Tonight is not only describing the time after going out, it is also a good track for a soulful and laid back dance. Again, Joesef’s voice is guiding you beautifully through his storybook. The melodic part of the song just does what is necessary to catch you.

5. Borderline

Borderline is a slower track. Joesef rather feels like a storyteller than like singer in theses. The chorus is having a high, almost falsetto-style melody. Even the guitars have a touch of a harp and thus overall lead to a heavenly experience.

6. Didn’t Know How (To Love You)

The louder and very groovy sixth track feels a bit confusing at first sight after this quiet moment. Didn’t Know How (To Love You) is having a funky touch and works with distorted synth sounds and a strong presence of the bass guitar.  This leads to a very special, but also very good listen.

7. Apt 22

These three minute are a nice listen, but also not that much more to me. The song just does not leave a mark or feels too special. Rather traditional sound in this Apt 22.

8. Shower

Shower comes with a very special sound. The last minute almost feels like a gospel song as the backing choir feels to become stronger and stronger. Gentle, very groovy sound, which nicely uses the possibility of alternative pop music. One of the best listens of the album to me.

9. Joe

Joe has been released in September 2022. Compared to other tracks, the very present and melodic song almost comes with mainstream radio qualities. However, the Scot is mixing some alternative elements to this song – just like the right special spice to a good curry.

10. Blue Car

Blue Car is driven by the chords of the acoustic-alike played guitar. Thus, the song feels a bit like a folk song, even though it uses the rather melancholic and dreaming style of other recordings of this album. The song indeed has a catch, you just cannot deny that.

11. Moment

Compared to other songs on the album, the easy and happy Moment almost feels like a rather thin ditty. But it is fun to listen to and it makes me smile. Thus I simply like it.

12. Last Orders

Last Orders is another really nice listen. The song is very melodic and has a nice flow, even though it also comes with a really nice groove. Some sort of “Best of” this debut album in a single song.

13. All Good

The closing song might feel a bit too emotional (the chorus works with a lot of echo as well). On the other hand, especially the chorus has a really nice touch and stays in your mind. Ain’t there a better property for the chucker-out?


Joesef – Permanent Damage – Spotify

Here is Permanent Damage on Spotify:


Joesef – Permanent Damage – My View

There are some weaker spots here and there, but overall, Permanent Damage is a really appealing. I feel that the last songs of the album also raise my happiness with it again. The Scot is working very nicely with different styles and textures and thus deserves a smile while listening to these thirteen tracks.


Joesef – Permanent Damage Tour 2023

Around release date, Joesef is touring various British record store for an in-store release show. I just listed the shows of his “proper” tour, which is starting on 10th March 2023 in Belfast:

Fr 10.03.2023 Belfast (United Kingdom) – The Empire Music Hall
Sa 11.03.2023 Dublin (Ireland) – Whelan’s
Mo 13.03.2023 Liverpool (United Kingdom) – O2 Academy 2
Tu 14.03.2023 Bristol – The Trinity Centre
We 15.03.2023 Manchester – Academy 2
Fr 17.03.2023 Leeds – University Stylus
Sa 18.03.2023 Birmingham – O2 Academy 2
Su 19.03.2023 London – Roundhouse
Th 23.03.2023 Edinburgh – Queens Hall
Fr 24.03.2023 Glasgow – Barrowland Ballroom
Sa 25.03.2023 Glasgow – Barrowland Ballroom
We 12.04.2023 Paris (France) – Le Trabendo
Th 13.04.2023 Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Paradiso Noord
Fr 14.03.2023 Brussels (Belgium) – Botanique, Grand Salon
Su 16.04.2023 Hamburg (Germany) – Kent Club
Tu 18.04.2023 Berlin – Lido
Fr 19.04.2023 Munich – Strom
Su 21.04.2023 Zurich (Switzerland) – Exil Club
Tu 23.04.2023 Cologne (Germany) – Luxor
Th 25.04.2023 Barcelona (Spain) – Sala Upload
Fr 26.04.2023 Madrid (Spain) – Sala El Sol in Glasgow

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