Exposé Online banner

Josefin Winther — Righteously Wrong
(Apollon Records APR035, 2017, LP+CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2018-08-07

Righteously Wrong Cover art

This album is a prime example of music that transcends genre by sheer quality. Josefin Winther is a Norwegian singer with a voice that ranges from delicate melancholy to anguished power, and this is her fourth full-length album, the first on Apollon after independent releases. And while this is undoubtedly a singer-songwriter album, it leans more towards atmospheric rock than old-school folk. In fact, the arrangements and production have more in common with an artist like Bjørn Riis than they do with either a pop artist like Pink or a folky like Ani DiFranco. The moods range from sparse and intimate, like “Joke,” which features minimal piano and simple strings along with breathy vocals, to the upbeat “Wild in the Nighttime,” with drums, bass, guitar, and strings. Most of the tracks are in between those poles, favoring the quiet side, though “Moving Forward” is the standout song and embodies both extremes, with quiet verses and much louder choruses featuring electric guitar and some nice trippy synthesizers. The lyrics tend toward the personal, with some dark themes tempered by hope and messages about overcoming difficulties. So while the music is basically introspective and not at all prone to “let’s have a good time” party tunes, it’s a great listen for times when a more reflective attitude is called for. Kudos to Winther and producer Yngve Sætre for this lovely album, which also features members of Emmerhoff and Sondre Lerche’s band.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Josefin Winther

Latest news

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Quasar Lux Symphoniæ - Abraham - One Act Rock Opera – First, let's clear up any confusion: This is in no way related to the British neo-symphonic group Quasar that once featured Tracy Hitchings as vocalist. Instead, QLS is an Italian four-piece core band...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues