Strength can come from a place of deep vulnerability and intense mutability. When one is subject to change, the way we, humans, choose to process our darkness is set by our own determination, timing, and pace. Facing fear and grief is a hollow, somber process on its own but the lightness and enlightenment that follows can also be remarkably gratifying.

Following her Scottish Album of the Year Award-winning debut Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I've Spilled and relocation to Glasgow, Kathryn Joseph’s sudden rise to success allowed her to share with a broader audience her sensitive, intimate view of humanness. Through her brutally honest, sometimes gut-wrenching, songwriting and composition, she does not require more than the essentials: her stunning vibrato voice, a piano and the enormous talent of making so little into so much, much more.

As heartache and loss has fuelled, time after time, artistic and creative processes as coping mechanisms, the way Kathryn Joseph chose to share her temporary downfall, a broken relationship, resulted in From When I Wake The Want Is. Her sophomore album is one of the most honest, stripped-down and raw testimonials of strength we are privileged to listen to this year.

To tell a history with this level of intimacy is already the first step into a recovery process regardless of how intense and pain-driven it can be. Joseph neither holds back details nor sugarcoats it - It’s her truth in its rawest form. ‘Tell My Lover' captures a mood of anguish through its crescendo and many instrumental layers, projecting a sort of whirlpool-feeling as Joseph sings "tell my lover it’s not over until we drown," as she fights to hold on to salvation.

Joseph’s songwriting is descriptive and its simplicity is one of the most fascinating aspects of her artistry. She does not only sing her dark hues, but she also wants us to listen as if we were reading pages of her diary. There is no apparent joy in it, but there’s reflection and the hope of something greater to come. On ‘Mouths Full of Blood’ she sings elegantly, but her tone covers the despair that is deeply rooted in her experience, as she does in ‘There Is No God But You’, while reflecting on a matter of illness within her family, alongside her ongoing turmoil.

Despite From When I Wake The Want Is being constructed on Kathryn Joseph’s life experience, she is only human and her story, through her voice and her own terms, can resonate with those who relate and struggle. Her songs, heavy on emotional weight, are stories that also inspire us to look for the silver lining. It’s important to bear in mind that it does get better in the end, and this record is the push into taking the first step forward onto brighter days and with a head held high.