It’s only now that he has re-emerged, with his first studio work in a decade. Pearson has been touring sporadically around Europe for a few years, playing his own line of melancholy country/folk to tiny German pubs, “singing for my supper” as he told a journalist in 2007. To the surprise of many of his fans, a deal with Mute records has finally produced a debut LP and a fully-fledged UK tour, which culminates in this special show at Islington’s Union Chapel, where he will be accompanied by a string quartet.
As enticing as that sounds, it’s not like he needs orchestral backing - ‘Last Of The Country Gentleman’ is a stunning LP, overflowing with agonisingly gorgeous melodies, every note aching with heartbreak and world-weariness. There is a sweetness and emotional honesty to Pearson’s music which is very rare, and it’s a sound well-matched to the Chapel’s intimate acoustics. This is a show that promises to be heart-wrenching and memorable.
Josh T Pearson appears at the Union Chapel in Islington on May 11th. Tickets £12.50.