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"EP: Review"

Mondesir is a solo project from the London-based artist Josienne. Her EP, It would not be a Rose, includes four songs packed with delicate and heartfelt lyrics. What’s striking about Josienne is the organic and unpretentious nature of her songs. No clichéd lyrics or “cool” gimmicks. She’s the kind of artist you can imagine writing songs on scraps of paper on a park bench.

The first track, which shares the same title as the EP, is, although not the strongest song, an apt opening and demonstration of Josienne’s song writing skills. 'Moving speechless' is a definite highlight as her sorrowful lyrics describe the anxiety of trying to avoid the inevitable pain within a relationship. Her naked honesty, but also the underlying sense of hope, definitely makes this song worthy of undivided attention.

‘The Tangled Tree’ and ‘Turns to Jade’ bring out a different side to Mondesir. Her haunting lyrics and clear vocals create songs reminiscent of powerful hymns. Although fingers crossed this one doesn’t go down the same musical path as Charlotte Church … - For Folks Sake


EP - It Would Not Be A Rose (2009)

LP - One Light Is Gone (due Spring 2010)



Mondesir is the solo project of Josienne Clarke.

Mondesir’s music largely languishes in folk chanson, but occasionally dips a toe into blues shoes. Josienne has released an introductory EP entitled ‘It Would Not Be a Rose’, available on Amazon and Spotify, and is currently working on her full length album set for release in spring 2010.

Josienne’s musical awakening began at a young age, learning parts to sing along with her father as he played folk and ballad classics on his Spanish guitar. Growing up in a world of singing and playing, Josienne was always a musician, and her natural authenticity and easy communication on stage owes much to these early experiences of performance and interaction. Later, she was drawn to other styles of music and studied classical singing. The influence of this can clearly be heard in the clarity of her voice and the attention to detail in her compositions. From the early choral music she learned in various choirs, to the guitar bands she would listen to with friends, via jazz and experiment, and never losing her love of the traditional music she learnt in her native Sussex, Josienne gathered ideas everywhere she listened. The sum of these many parts is Mondesir: expansive works of skill and beauty, executed with dexterity and charisma.

Josienne’s songwriting and performing cohort, Ben Walker, is a relatively recent addition to the Mondesir umbrella. Ben studied classical guitar, then took to playing the electric guitar in a number of bands, before finally ending up in the realms of acoustic music - performing on both steel and nylon string acoustic guitar, and mandolin.