Emerging Artist Award Winner 2012!
Born into a household of theatre actors and musicians, Joseph Fortin is well at home with a guitar on his lap and a pen in his hand and after fronting a rock group for several years, Jos. began to find his songbook cracking at the spine with songs that didn’t suit the band. Rather than letting these songs fade and sit on the shelf, Jos. opted to focus in on what seemed to be the oddities of his writing and enlisted Toronto engineer/producer James Bunton (Ohbijou, Evening Hymns, Diamond Rings, PS I Love You) in early 2010 to start work on Typewriter.
A record that rewards in patiently delivered hooks and whose Steinbeck-ian lyrics unveil themselves over time to occupy quiet nooks in the back of your head. The record is a secret, whispered between young lovers in late summer, marking the first chapter of an old soul’s songbook.
Typewriter marks Jos. Fortin’s debut release yet emerges fully-formed with a lyrical depth preceding his youthful age, and strong melodic arrangements, happy to sit and warm themselves in the sun and wait patiently for the night to come. These songs are wrapped in a quilt of double bass, clarinet, violin, piano, percussion and move with the arrangements, complimenting Jos.’s graceful delivery of both guitar and voice.