Summer EP – Cassette USB
“I almost shat my pants at a Christian camp the summer I turned 9”
With these words, Josef kicks off his second album, Summer. In a way, these few,but direct words hold the essence of the album’s message; A critique of dogmatic Christian communities, and a hope that people who struggle in such environments find the strength to break free.
Hailing from a lineageof preachers, Josef knows–for betterand worse-the Faroese Christian environment very well. In Summer, Josef wishes to shed light on the taboos of Christian environments through his music and voice.There is some truth and light in Christian communities, but with that lightfollows a dark shadow:
- Josef spent every summer at a Christian children’s camp socializing and making friends. However, he was taught he would burn in hell for eternity if he didn’t accept Jesus Christ immediately.
- As a child, Josef attended agoodChristian school. However, he was fearful of teachers who would threaten disobedience with a beating.
- Josef grew up in a loving and supporting family. However, he was disciplined throughphysical punishment.Because of this dualism, Josef had to learn to put on a mask resembling the best version of himself to fit in. In the summer of 2020, he couldn’t keep his mask on anymore, and suffered a sudden mental health breakdown, hence the title, Summer. He spent the following year confronting and healing from his traumatic childhood memories, whilst simultaneously composing his latest album.With Summer, Josef wishes to take a stand against the fear, shame, violence, and mental abuse inflicted by many Christian communities. He does sobycreatinga musical universe filled with 80’s synthesizers, experimental indie-pop music, intimate vocals, direct and surrealistic lyrics, and lots of humor.
3 Elefantens vuggevise
4 Little Man
Released on the following formats:
USB cassette and digitally on all major platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.). You can check it out on the player below.
Josef Zachariassen (vocals, keys)
Clara Mølsted-Ylönen (vocals)
Tiril Eirunn Einarsdotter (violin)
Vegard Rubach Ese (guitar)
Bárður Reinert Poulsen (bass)
Ingvald Vassbø (drums)
Josef Zachariassen (composer, arranger, author)
Mogens Jermiin Nissen (composer)
Harald Andreas Hartvig Lund (author)
Daniel Wold @ Oslu Fuzz (mixing)
Thomas Eberger @ Stockhom Mastering (mastering)
Music video credits:
Josef Zachariassen (producer)
Sean Saman (producer)
Morten Qvenild (mentor and teacher)
Released with support from Mentanargrunnur Landsins and Jazz Forum Norge.